Members of the current Katala Foundation successfully implemented the Philippine Cockatoo Conservation Program (PCCP) since 1998 on Rasa Island, Narra, Palawan. The frame condition of this endeavour was a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) and the Katala Foundation which is renewed every five years. PCCP is implemented in four sites in Palawan namely in the municipalities of Dumaran, Narra, Balabac, as well as within Puerto Princesa. A separate MOA is forged with the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development updated in 2012.
Katala Foundation Incorporated (KFI) is duly registered under the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) on August 19, 2002 under SEC No. CN200253626.
Its name Katala is derived from the local name of the Philippine cockatoo Cacatua haematuropygia. The Philippine cockatoo, Katala as locally known, is endemic to the Philippines. Cockatoo population crashed drastically in the late 1980s, and between 640-1,120 individuals are left in the wild; thus classified critically endangered by the World Conservation Union or the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Main threats of its survival are:
– Poaching for pet trade
– Habitat destruction
– Direct persecution
Katala Foundation, Inc., a non-profit, non-stock, non-governmental organization, has been active in protecting and conserving threatened endemic wildlife, particularly the Philippine Cockatoo,Palawan Forest Turtle, Palawan Pangolin, Calamian Deer and Balabac Mouse-deer where the last strongholds of the respective species can be found.
Katala Foundation’s niche developed over the years of research, 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
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;
- Implement effective projects and programs to halt biodiversity decline;
- Conduct scientific research 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.