Abstract: Rainforests are much more than exotic and wondrous fauna and flora, they are the ancestral domain of Indigenous Peoples who have safeguarded them since time immemorial. Learn about this through our experiences in the Philippines, and what you can do to elevate Indigenous Peoples at the global level! KM Reyes is a conservation lobbyist, National Geographic Explorer, and Co-Founder of the Centre for Sustainability PH. CS is a women-led, youth, environmental non-profit from the Philippines working to conserve her country’s last remaining 3% of pristine rainforest through legal establishment of protected areas.
Biography: KM is a political scientist and a conservation lobbyist, community organiser, and National Geographic Explorer, based on Palawan island, the Philippines. I was born and raised in Australia to Filipino parents, and have lived and worked extensively in Europe, Latin America, and North Africa, before finally deciding to return to my roots, and settling in the Philippines. I am Consultant/Program Director and Co-
Founder of the environmental non-government organisation, Centre for Sustainability PH, Inc. (CS), which I co-founded together with a small group of
local colleagues. Our Mission is to conserve the Philippines’ last remaining 3%
of pristine rainforest through the legal establishment of national parks.