2015 Merlijn van Weerd

Merlijn van Weerd

Merlijn van Weerd is a Dutch citizen who has been working in the Philippines for 16 years to promote conservation based on scientific research.  In 2001, he founded the Mabuwaya Foundation, a conservation organization dedicated to conserving the Philippine crocodile, as well as other endemic threatened species and their habitat, in collaboration with local communities in the northern Philippines. Mabuwaya has a strong emphasis on working with local people, and their approach to community-based conservation is now being used as a model in Indonesia, Cambodia, and Vietnam.  


You can learn more about Merlijn and the Mabuwaya Foundation here: http://www.mabuwaya.org