Masungi Georeserve Foundation is dedicated to the restoration of some 3,000 hectares of limestone formations and to supporting the threatened biodiversity in the mountains of Baras, Rizal, Philippines.
Its Masungi Geopark Project is one of the largest collaborative reforestation efforts in the country, in an area which is heavily threatened by large-scale mining, land speculation, and timber-poaching, including illegal activities.
The team faces multiple threats, such as harassment from quarrying entities. Despite this, the project has increased measures to protect the area from activities like quarrying and land grabbing.
Their efforts include community development: park rangers are locals of the community, including some of those previously involved in illegal activities within the watershed. The project engages continuously with the Indigenous Community within the area to develop non-timber forest products to help boost their livelihood.