Katala Foundation Inc
managed by S. Schoppe
Katala Foundation, Inc., a non-profit, non-stock, non-governmental organization, has been active in protecting and conserving wildlife, particularly the Philippine cockatoo and other threatened endemic wildlife in Palawan.
Katala Foundation’s niche developed over the years of researches, advocacy and development works in order to protect and conserve the biological diversity along with people. Its vision is to effect conservation of biological resources through active community involvement - conserving with people. To attain this vision, Katala Foundation employs participatory and ecosystemic approaches to all its programs and activities.
VISION AND MISION
KFI’s vision is to effect conservation of biological resources through active community involvement – conserving with people!
STRATEGIES AND APPROACHES
To attain this vision, Katala Foundation employs participatory and ecosystem approaches to all its programs and activities.
In particular, strategies are aimed to:
• Capacitate and empower local partners and communities as effective conservation managers;
• Increase level of knowledge on biodiversity conservation through intensive conservation education activities and thereby influencing positive attitudes and behaviours towards the environment;
• Conduct scientific researches along with local partners applying international standards and methodologies to fill up research gaps and recommend the most appropriate action for decision makers to lead;
• Develop proactive leadership among local partners; and
• Strengthen the organization through staff development.
With the aim to expand the conservation measures KFI has founded in collaboration with local and international partners the Katala Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation (KIEBC). The overall goal of KIEBC is conserving Palawan’s biodiversity through establishment of an education, conservation and research institution in close vicinity to threatened target species and ecosystems. Its specific objectives are: 1) To serve as a venue for conservation education with local population, youth, national and international visitors as main target groups. 2) To develop protocols for rescue, conservation breeding, habitat restoration, and eventually reintroduction of selected highly threatened wild species of Palawan, like Philippine cockatoo or Philippine freshwater turtle. 3) To create an institution for research on applied ecology and biodiversity conservation, with focus on threatened species management, priority area conservation, and restoration.