About the book:
The Philippines: A Natural History by Colin Rees “celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of the Philippines’ over 7,000 islands. Richly descriptive of the archipelago’s topography, climate, and oceanography, along with its tectonic and geological history, chapters explore prehistory and the early years of indigenous life before moving on to Spanish times. Profiled are many of its protected areas–landscapes and seascapes designed to staunch the profound imprint of human activity that threatens the country’s biodiversity.”
Publisher: Ateneo de Manila University Press
Publication Date: 2016
About the author:
Colin Rees is a biodiversity specialist with a life-long passion for birds, beginning his career on the faculty at the University of Maryland. He then returned to the UK before joining the Asian Development Bank, Manila, as its first environment specialist. Subsequently, he was a Division Chief in the Department of Environment at the World Bank in Washington DC. Since retirement, he has consulted for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the African Development Bank in supporting conservation efforts in their member countries.
In Manila, he helped found the Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources and co-authored Birds of the Philippines. Currently, he is President of the Anne Arundel Bird Club and works closely with the Maryland Ornithological Society helping promote conservation in the State of Maryland. He lives in Annapolis with his wife Valerie and dog Zorba and retires often to their retreat in the Cotswolds.