Saving the Almaciga Tree Project


The Centre for Sustainability (CS) is
proud to report on its Saving the
Almaciga Tree project (execution
October 2014- ongoing), as part of its
efforts in establishing the Cleopatra’s
Needle Critical Habitat (CNCH) in
November 2016.

The Almaciga tree is
the primary non-timber forest product of the forests of Cleopatra’s Needle – its high-value resin represents approximately 80% of the income of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) who have lived in this area since time immemorial. This ancient coniferous tree used to dominate the forests of northern Palawan—over- harvesting, together with illegal activities, now threaten its existence. The indigenous communities in the area together with CS aim to ensure the future of the Almaciga tree, and thus livelihood and existence of the IPs, through research, reforestation, education & training, and enforcement.