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Paranas Forests

Paranas Forests

Address: Samar Island Natural Park, Samar

Description: The Paranas Forests found within the Samar Island Natural Park have exhibited encouraging recovery from commercial logging from previous decades and boasts a relatively large, unfragmented tract of lowland tropical rainforest. This good news is further supplemented by FPE’s involvement by way of support for local community-based forest management capacity-building interventions.

Status: Closed

Site Profile Summary


Ecosystem Types

Sub-Montane and Limestone Forests

Protection Status

Natural Park (Presidential Proclamation No. 442)


347, 000 hectares

Biogeographic Features

  • Holds the distinction of having s relatively large - about 360,000 hectares - unfragmented tract of lowland tropical rainforest.


  • Host to 40 species of flowering plants which are found only in the island. These include the second-largest flowering plant in the world - which has so far been recorded only in Samar and in four other localities in the country - the rare Rafflesia manillana and an endemic pandan palm, Saranga philippineis


  • Had been designated as an Endemic bBird Area for its rich and unique avifauna

  • Several of these are highly threatened such as the Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), Philippine Hawk-eagle (Spizaetus philippensis) and the Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia).

  • Samar Island has one of the highest known populations of the Philippine Eagle in the whole country

Livelihood Resources

  • Logging - which has been a major threat to biodiversity along with kaingin

Other Matters of Significance



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