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Buasao Watershed, Abra

Buasao Watershed, Abra

Address: Abra

Description: Threatened by a growing population, increasingly influenced by cosmopolitan culture and a cash economy, the traditional “lapat” system of natural resource management is in danger of disintegration. By reinforcing CBRM in the Buasao Watershed and Mount Poswey, however, FPE has helped re-establish the value of this ages-old beliefs and practices system.

Status: Closed

Site Profile Summary

Ecosystem Type

Sub-montane to Montane Forests

Biogeographic Profile



  • Benguet pines abound in the area.

  • Orchids, narra, and other hardwood species are found in the area.


  • Found here are Philippine endemic bird species, such as the Stripe-headed Rhabdornis (Rhabdornis mystcalis), Large-billed crow (Corvus macrorhynchus), and the Red Jungle Fowl or sabag (Gallus gallus).

Indigenous Peoples

  • The Maeng and Masadi-it tribes practice an indigenous way of natural resource management called “lapat,” which proved to be a sustainable system throughout generations.

Livelihood Resources

  • Farming, River-fishing, Animal grazing, and Forest products


FPE-funded Projects and Initiatives


Grant Type, Strategy


Implementing Partners

Community Lapat-Based Biodiversity Conservation of Buasao Watershed and Mt. Poswey

Medium to Large, Site-focused


  • Tipon iti Umili para ti Panangsaluad iti Nakaparsuan (TIPON)

A Shift Towards Area-Specific Intervention through Strategic Planning for Six Priority Sites: Zambales, Palawan, Buasao, Guiuan, Pulangi and Bohol Marine Triangle

Large, Site-focused, Proactive



Community Based Resource Management Project of Buasao Watershed and Mt. Poswey

Large, Site-focused, Constituency-building


  • Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Governance (CCAGG)

  • Tipon iti Umili para ti Panangsaluad iti Nakaparsuan (TIPON)

Community Land-Use Planning and Mapping for Biak-na-Bato, Buasao Watershed, Baggao and Mt. Bulusan

Medium, Constituency-building, Site-focused


  • Philippine Association for Intercultural Development Inc. (PAFID)

Environmental Legal Defense – Cordillera (Terminated)


Medium, Proactive, Environmental Defense

Oct 1997-Jun 1998

  • DINTEG-Cordillera Alternative Law Center

Site Assessment and Advocacy for Buasao Watershed & Mt. Poswey

Medium, Environmental Defense

Apr-Sep 1995

  • Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Governance (CCAGG)

Key Outcomes



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