CIFOR–ICRAF publishes over 750 publications every year on agroforestry, forests and climate change, landscape restoration, rights, forest policy and much more – in multiple languages.

CIFOR–ICRAF addresses local challenges and opportunities while providing solutions to global problems for forests, landscapes, people and the planet.

We deliver actionable evidence and solutions to transform how land is used and how food is produced: conserving and restoring ecosystems, responding to the global climate, malnutrition, biodiversity and desertification crises. In short, improving people’s lives.

Biodiversity in a Batak village of Palawan (Philippines)

Export citation

This report identifies which resources and landscapes are important to the Batak people. It also documents their perceptions and priorities regarding forest management. By playing close attention to the Bataks' perspectives, the "Levelling the Playing Field" project (LPF) is able to better understand their opinions and hopes for the present and future use of their natural resources. Further, by understating local perceptions, greater insight is gained into the complex relations between the Bataks and coastal migrants living in the district capital (barangay), and their political and economic marginalization on Palawan Island.
    Publication year



    Boissiere, M.; Liswanti, N.




    biodiversity, forest management, participation, governance, community forestry, rural communities



Related publications