Katala Foundation, Inc. (KFI) is a conservation organization working predominantly in the Palawan archipelago in the Philippines. Its main strategy is to select a highly threatened species, for example the Philippine Cockatoo or the Palawan Forest Turtle, and to develop comprehensive conservation programs around these.
More often than not, these species suffer from more than one threat; typically, they are affected by habitat loss or degradation, as well as direct persecution, be it for food, medicine or the pet/ornamental plant trade, and often others. Hence, conservation needs to encompass protection or restoration of complete ecosystems, and the involvement of local people through conservation education, capacity-building and development of livelihood options. Efforts therefore go far beyond a single species, and benefit biodiversity and communities as a whole in the project sites.
KFI tries to make these effects measurable, to ensure that interventions are effective and conservation funds are spent effectively.