One planet – one future


Rainforest Trust LogoPlease check back for information on our new website coming online in the Fall of 2019. In the meantime updates on our projects are available on our Facebook Page: Daluhay Daloy ng Buhay. Note our most recent paper in the International Journal of Nutrition can be found on our current website Publication page.

November/December 2018 – Daluhay is now in the process of implementing our Cooperative Partnership Agreement with the USA-based Rainforest Trust and the Dumagat People of San Luis, Aurora. Forest Guard training is underway with the goal of deputising up to 50 wardens.

October/November 2018 – Daluhay has recently signed a Cooperative Partnership Agreement with the Rainforest Trust based in the USA to implement a new project on Indigenous Communities Saving the Philippine Eagle. The focal site will be the Municipality of San Luis in Aurora Province which is a home to this most critically endangered of all eagles, with the objective of establishing indigenous conservation and protected areas. Drs Pajaro and Watts were also recently in Canada working to establish linkages that will support further development of Daluhay. Current considerations include the areas of sustainable agriculture and collaborative linkages with other biosphere or bioregional groups.

Paul Watts & Marivic Pajaro are the principle action researchers and facilitators for DALUHAY. The work presented on this site represents their combined mission, vision, goals and values. Although an independent organization DALUHAY is primarily based upon partnerships. The DALUHAY Mission, Vision, Goals and Values are summarized below.

Thanks for taking the time to read about DALUHAY and we hope that you will consider us as partners! We work in the Arctic, temperate regions and tropics spanning coral reef marine protected areas (MPAs) and polar bear energetics. DALUHAY considers people as part of the environment, or an Ethnoecology approach. We focus our efforts to work with primary stakeholders that are closely connected to the resources that they depend upon. Past projects have included work with coastal communities and Indigenous Peoples both in Canada and the Philippines on resource challenges, cultural preservation and community development.

Although our work has focused on marine systems, we have also conducted projects on terrestrial resource research and management, forest biodiversity, water quality and related agricultural activities spanning tropical and temperate climates. We are also annually involved in directing educational tours for travelers and in partnership with other agencies. One primary area of expertise involves working with small-scale fisherfolk throughout the Philippines and in support of the GAIA Hypothesis, we also have a strong record in Arctic energetics, particularly concerning the polar bear. Our background and additional interests are summarized below in our biographies>

DALUHAY is currently active in the Philippines & Canada with associates in several developed and less developed countries. DALUHAY particularly advocates global equity and empowerment for marginalized fisherfolk and other resource based cultures – as a move towards a working concept of global sustainability.

If it is your first visit to our website, we recommend that you take a look at this page to help you to orient yourself with the DALUAHY approach and read through our Vision, Mission and Values below. See here also to contact us and view our main associations and links; for education programs, associate membership, opportunities for graduate studies; for personal action plans as well as sustainability, organizational environmental empowerment strategies; and for information on tours; news articles.

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Marivic Gosamo Pajaro was born in the city of Dipolog in the Southern Philippine island group called Mindanao. Growing up along the coastline influenced her lifelong love for the sea. After completing her undergraduate studies at University of the Philippines Los Banos, Marivic taught at the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology for two years and then worked as a research assistant for the Coastal Living Resources Project with the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute. Later she turned her attention to the Philippine environmental agency, Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources who acted as a catalyst in the formation of PAMANA, the Philippine alliance of community-based marine protected area managers. Through Haribon, Marivic also became involved with Project Seahorse and subsequently devoted herself to the completion of her doctorate at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Research Institute. Marivic completed her thesis work in 2010 under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Vincent and Dr. Monica Mulrennan. Her thesis focused on the indicators of effectiveness in community-based marine protected areas in Bohol, central Philippines.

Paul David Watts was born in Toronto, Canada with his primary influence being his father who introduced Paul to both the out of doors and the concept of working cross-cultural. Through his two mothers, Paul learned to look after himself and how to succeed at his endeavors. He attended the University of Guelph and obtained a BSc. in Wildlife Biology. He then met up with the great Norwegian scientist, Nils Are Øritsland and went north to Churchill on Hudson Bay to study polar bears. After completing his doctorate on polar bear energetics through the University of Oslo in Norway, Paul worked at starting the Institute o f Arctic Ecophysiology. This effort evolved into an Ethnoecology Program through the University of Manitoba with a focus on involving indigenous leaders as co-instructors. After almost three decades focused on Northern Canada, in 2004 Paul decided to expand his life long interest in volunteering to work on international development. Accepted by Volunteer Services Overseas to work in the Philippines, Paul met Marivic while training at the University of British Columbia.


DALUHAY sees a future world based on human equity and responsible engagement for environmental sustainability; where people are integrated with ecological systems from local settings to global functions.



DALUHAY wants to be a catalyst for a future where democratic approaches to public participation and representation are used to develop appropriate strategies that value the individual, self determination, cultures, equity and global sustainability. We want to facilitate an enhanced inclusion of people in the ecosystems on which they depend (which we refer to as ethnoecology) and the development of feedback loops that link people to positive change for a sustained biosphere, as a specific approach (that we consider to be best defined by the term: ecosystemics). We aim to help establish a better link between the health of the people and that of the environment in an ecohealth approach.


1)      Facilitate, promote and advance the integration of people with the ecosystems they depend upon through the development of empowering approaches to sustainability.

2)      Contribute to global equity, particularly as it relates to small-scale fisherfolk and forest linked cultures, including indigenous peoples.

3)      Bridge gaps that prevent people from cognitive and applied connection to the linkages between sustainable livelihoods, the environment, food security and overall human health.

4)      Develop specific integrated visitor programs that engage tourists and travellers to expand their experiences into a two way exchange with local residents for both local and global sustainability.

5)      Contribute to strengthening education systems, at all levels in such a way that students become better prepared to contribute to a sustainable planet, in both their school days and through their adult lives.

6)      Implement a strategic and reflexive Daluhay organizational development plan and actions that builds off strengths, maximizes opportunities, works to overcome weaknesses and respond to threats.


DALUHAY values:

People – with a respect for their past; as they see themselves in the present and as they dream of their future

Ecosystems – as they function and as they provide a basis for people and other life

Cultures – as they reflect history, beliefs, geography and ecological linkages

Fun, laughter and good experiences – as they reflect the joy of life

Time – as it is limited in each of our lives

The role of the individual – as the great potential for positive change

NOTE: Special thanks to TED SPRING for his polar bear picture! See more of Ted’s work at: www.eScenics.com