Addressing the Illegal Wildlife Trade in the Philippines | Asian Development Bank

Addressing the Illegal Wildlife Trade in the Philippines

Publication | March 2019
Addressing the Illegal Wildlife Trade in the Philippines

This brochure highlights information about and efforts to address international wildlife trade (IWT) in the Philippines, with inputs from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources–Biodiversity Management Bureau.

The Philippines is a consumer, source, and transit point for IWT, threatening endemic species populations, economic development, and biodiversity. The country has been a party to the Convention on Biological Diversity since 1992.

The value of IWT in the Philippines is estimated at ₱50 billion a year (roughly equivalent to $1 billion), which includes the market value of wildlife and its resources, their ecological role and value, damage to habitats incurred during poaching, and loss in potential ecotourism revenues.