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Rappler on the Tamaraw Conservation Project

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Rappler recently visited Mindoro and Mts Iglit-Baco Natural Park. In their article below they highlight about budget cuts for the Tamaraw Conservation Program by the DENR this 2019, thus seriously complicating the work of the Tamaraw rangers and hindering efficient protection. More than ever we will need strong help from the private sector to overcome these short-comings and ensure strong conservation action towards Mindoro’s biodiversity.

Link to article bellow :

https://www.rappler.com/science-nature/environment/229434-lack-tenure-proper-gear-take-toll-tamaraw-rangers-mindoro?fbclid=IwAR1SLUJ_74krYyn_polIyY4SpgXjFzpEgjb8Q_I89xUAI78wHFkPhHUSCXs

 

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Annual Tamaraw Population Count 2019 – Testing a new method (April 1 to 8)

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The last tamaraw count done this April which is an operation conducted every year in Mts Iglit-Baco Natural Park since the year 2000, was the opportunity to introduce and test a new assessment approach using the double observers’ method. The method, proposed by Christophe Bonenfant, our French CNRS Wildlife Researcher collaborator, has already proven consistent for several other ungulate species. It aims to extract a probability of detection, which with time would allow conducting assessment in any type of habitats.  The final goal is to develop population dynamic indicators based on non-invasive protocols. This method reduces the need to use fire regime through grassland burning before each count.

The method was deployed over 8 vantage points and was an exciting challenge for rangers and DENR participants.

This year, the consolidated count results estimate a tamaraw population of 473 to 483 individuals. Further statistical analysis will help refine these results and measure accuracy of the annual count.

 

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Solar electrification in Puerto Galera – barangay Baclayan

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This January 2019, DAF and Together-Ensemble have sponsored and installed (through PAMATEC sister company) a solar system in Barangay Baclayan (Puerto Galera). The barangay did not have electricity in there main buildings, so when DAF inquired about helping them, the Kagawad of the village have together requested for an electrification of the Barangay Hall as well as their Health center.

The electrification was completed on January 29, 2019, leading to better standard of living in the village. This will allow the barangay permanent access to lighting at night, the use of computers and cellphone charging, as well as the ability to use medical equipment like Nebulizers in the Health center.

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Preparing the future of Tamaraw conservation with DENR authorities (March 18 – 21)

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James Burton, chair of the IUCN-SSC / Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group, made a quick visit to the Philippines to follow up the development of the Tamaraw Conservation and Management Action Plan (TCMAP) together with local partners and DENR authorities. Promising perspectives emerged from our meeting with DENR BMB Assistant Director, BMB Wildlife Chief Division and DENR MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director.

Main progress were done in brainstorming how to structure a special multi-stakeholders working and coordinating committee that will be in charge of implementing the TCMAP.

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Visit of the Philippines German Ambassador to MtsIglit-Baco Natural Park – March 9-12

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In March 2019, DAF President, Mr. Hubert d’Aboville and German Ambassador, Dr. Gordon Kricke, visited MIBNP for a 3 days hike, in order to inaugurate the Tamaraw Multipurpose Field Station building (“DAF KUBO”) that the German Cooperation in the Philippines has funded through its Small Scale Project.

The visit was also the chance for Hubert to follow up progress of the overall program in the field, meet DAF field team and discuss with DENR partners, as well as to acknowledge the quality of the work of the PAMATEC technical team who installed the two solar power systems in both rangers’ base camps last May.

We were also blessed by rewarding observation of tamaraws in the wild; nearly 30 animals over the three days, with a few close encounters!

 

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Searching for the Last Tamaraw – Movie documentary

By | Tamaraw Conservation, Uncategorized | No Comments

Our partner and friend Philippe Alleaume discovered the Tamaraw in 2012 through E. Schutz of DAF. He is a french journalist specializing in science and environment. This year, he will be working together with DAF on the film titled Searching for the last Tamaraw, a documentary movie story about Tamaraw Conservation, the Indiginous people of Mindoro and the Island itself. The funds are almost set and we are looking for complementary sponsors.

We are looking forward for this great project.

Please check the Link to Presentation bellow:

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Article about International Tamaraw Conservation Collaboration, December 2020

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DAF’s partner Global Wildlife Conservation just released a press article emphasizing the recent Tamaraw Action Planning Workshop that gathered more than 70 Filippino and International participants in Mindoro last December.
The article is accessible through the following link:
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Review of Tamaraw Status and Conservation Actions paper – January 2019

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An important article about the Tamaraw has just been edited in the last bulletin of the Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group (IUCN SSC). The paper summarizes the status of knowledge about the Tamaraw, the threats the species is facing and conservation action to date. This collaborative work between the IUCN AWCSG, DAF and its international and local partners is in line with the recent Tamaraw Action Planning Workshop that was held in Mindoro last December.
This paper is a significant source of information for any person or organization interested in working with the Tamaraw in Mindoro.
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New “Kubo” in MIBNP to conduct community conservation actions

By | Tamaraw Conservation | No Comments

Thanks to the support of the German Embassy in the Philippines, DAF eventually achieve the construction of a Multipurpose Field Station that will serve as a platform to work with local IP communities and the Park office. The project was a collaborative work combining the skills of the rangers and the traditional knowledge of the Taw-buid tribe to use natural materials.

 

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Mindoro Tamaraw Conservation Action Planning Workshop (December 4 -7)

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An up most important event was held in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro this December, aiming at discussing and defining the future conservation strategy and efforts to be done to ensure survival of the Tamaraw in the next 30 years. The workshop was facilitated by the Conservation Planning Specialist Group of the IUCN SSC together with international partners from the Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group (AWCSG), GWC, University of Lyon France, as well as the help of local partners from MBCFi and WWF Ph. Nearly 70 people attended the workshop, representing various local stakeholders from the DENR, LGUs and Provincial Government.  Closing day was blessed by inspirational words from Governor Mendiola and Congresswoman Sato of Occidental Mindoro.

Next step will be to draft and finalize the Tamaraw Conservation and Management Plan, then endorse it to Philippines authorities. This plan will be the guideline for the species conservation actions to be taken in the future.

 

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