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Mt. Talinis - Twin Lakes

Mt. Talinis - Twin Lakes

Address: Negros Oriental

Description: This site owes its priority status to being the habitat of many threatened vertebrate species, many of which are endemic to West Central Visayas. Mt. Talinis is the highest peak in Cuernos de Negros and has one of the remaining montane old-growth forests in southern Negros Oriental. The Twin Lakes, meanwhile, are home to commercially valuable dipterocarp trees.

Status: Closed

Site Profile Summary

Ecosystem Types

  • Mid-montane to Montane Forest

  • Lake

Protection Status

  • Natural Park (Proclamation No. 414, 2000) – Twin Lakes


  • 8,016 hectares

Biogeographic Highlights

  • A geographic area comprised of a complex volcano (Mt. Talinis) and adjoining crater lakes (Balinsasayao and Danao).

  • Mt. Talinis – also known as Cuernos de Negros (Horns of Negros) – is the highest peak, reaching 1,700 meters above sea level.


  • Dipterocarp trees are abundant in the Twin Lakes area.

  • Dwarf and medium-sized moss-covered trees can be found.


  • The Mount Talinis-Twin Lakes area is home to many threatened vertebrates, many of which are endemic to West-Central Visayas, like the Visayan Writhed-billed Hornbill (Aceros waldeni), the Visayan Spotted Deer (Cervus alfredi), and the Negros-endemic, Naked-backed Fruit Bat (Dobsonia chapmani), which was believed to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 2002.

Livelihood Resources

Timber and other forest products, lake-fishing, agriculture


FPE-funded Projects and Initiatives


Grant Type, Strategy


Implementing Partners

A Shift Towards Area Specific Intervention Through Strategic Planning For The FPE Priority Site In Mt. Talinis

Medium, Site-focused, Proactive



Mount Talinis-Twin Lakes Biodiversity Conservation Project

Medium to Large, Site-focused


  • Silliman University - Center for Tropical Conservation and Studies (SU-CENTROP)

  • Rotarian Martin “Ting” Matiao Foundation, Inc. (TMF)

  • Mount Talinis Peoples Organization Federation (MTPOF)

  • Pederasyon sa Nagkahiusang Maguuma nga Nanalipod un Nagpasiuli sa Kalikupan (PENAGMANNAK)

Master Plan for Mt. Talinis and Twin Lakes

Large, Site-focused


  • Rotarian Martin “Ting” Matiao Foundation, Inc. (TMF)

Development Framework Planning for Mt. Talinis and Twin Lakes, Negros Oriental

Constituency-building, Site-focused


  • Rotarian Martin “Ting” Matiao Foundation, Inc. (TMF)

Skills Training on Geographic Information Technology for the Mt. Talinis Biodiversity Conservation Program

Medium, Constituency-building


  • Green Forum – Western Visayas

Legal Environmental Advocacy Programme (Environmental Legal Defense (ENDEFENSE)) - Mt. Talinis and Lake Balinsasayao

Small, Proactive, Environmental Defense


  • Silliman University – College of Law / Legal Environmental Advocacy Program (LEAP)

Biodiversity Conservation Program for Negros Oriental

Responsive Grant, Interim Grants Program


  • Silliman University - Center for Tropical Conservation and Studies (SU-CENTROP)

Key Outcomes


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