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Project Tarsier


Large-scale reforestation

Enhancing independence for local communities

We are restoring deforested and degraded landscapes in the Philippines to learn more about implementing reforestation projects in tropical countries.

Carbon credits fund the reforestation activities and provide sustainable livelihoods for local communities, enhancing social, economic, and environmental outcomes.

The project provides a living laboratory a unique opportunity for research on key knowledge gaps on how to implement reforestation at scale with communities for socioeconomic and environmental benefits.

About the project

Detailed information about Project Tarsier's objective, background and approach.


Staff and students involved in making Project Tarsier happen.


Scientific papers, extension materials and useful links.

Researchers working on the field for Project Tarsier
Prospective students

Information about potential topics for PhD thesis.

Project goals

  • Generating knowledge
  • Restoring ecosystems
  • Capturing carbon
  • Improving livelihoods
The Project Tarsier Team won the 2023 Vice Chancellor and President's Award for Excellence in Research Impact
A tarsier in the wild

Spotted on trail camera for a few brief seconds, a nocturnal mammal known as the Philippine tarsier (Carlito syrichta), is seen making quick, agile leaping movements in the trees. This Tarsier is endemic to the country and is listed as endangered under DENR DAO 1991-48 due to habitat loss and wildlife poaching. The trail camera was temporarily set up by Project Tarsier to carry out biodiversity assessments in and around its project area for the Climate Community Biodiversity (CCB) standard.