Pusod, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit
organization whose Mission is to
Protect and Enhance the
Ecosystems of The Philippines, and
to show their significance to the
world . Pusod was formed in Manila
on March 2004 to further the work
originally begun in 1995 by the
Babilonia Wilner Foundation
Our vision is a world where people
and communities are energized by
their cultural and ecological wealth;
live with reverence for earth and all
life; and naturally prosper in
diverse, self-sustaining local
economies in which all beings
Pusod believes it owes success to the communities they serve. The policy is to work in areas
and on projects where it is asked to participate by local individuals, communities, governments,
sustainable businesses and NGOs. In this way Pusod works with respect for local wisdom, and in
participation with all available stakeholders for fruitful partnerships and results. It has worked
throughout the Southern Tagalog Region and in Marinduque and Northern Mindoro. Current
programming focuses on areas in Batangas that include such national treasures as the Taal
Volcano Protected Landscape, Mt. Malarayat Forest Reserve, and Verde Island Passage (VIP).
VIP is renowned for having some of the highest levels of endemic marine life in the entire world.
The Babilonia Fund has been consistently supporting Pusod, Inc. together with individual,
corporate and other funding organizations. Pusod has established the Taal Lake Conservation
Center with a generous grant from United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation (http://www.sustainability.ups.com/the-ups-foundation/ ). Globe Bridging Communities (http://www.globe.com.ph/globebridgecom) supports the Sustainable Tourism initiatives of the
organization in TVPL. Pusod, Inc. is a member of the TVPL Protected Area Management Board.
The Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation ( http://www.ptfcf.org/ ) supported
several Pusod-led initiatives in Mt. Malarayat Forest Reserve such as Biodiversity Monitoring
System and Database Management, Ecotourism, and Capacity Building of the Lipa HeadWaters
Council. Pusod is a member of the Lipa Headwaters Council and is crucial in its formation. The
LHWC oversees conservation and management of Mt. Malarayat Forest Reserve.
Pusod supports the implementation of the Verde Island Passage Management Framework. Also
identified as one of California Academy of Sciences ( www.calacademy.org ) local partners for
the Philippine Biodiversity Expedition 2011, Pusod continues to be the education outreach local
partner of CAS in the succeeding Marine Biodiversity Expeditions. It is also the local partner of
USAID under the ECOFISH Project's in the recently concluded " Support for the Development of
Social Enterprises for Fishing Communities in Verde Island Passage (VIP) MKBA.