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Emmanuel D'Aboville

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New “Kubo” in MIBNP to conduct community conservation actions

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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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Bamboo Plantation Seminar for Mangyan

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-Education is our greatest tool in fighting poverty-

Earlier this June 2018 a free Bamboo Plantation seminar was held at Villa Malasimbo, and organized by the Philippine Military. Its goal was to share and teach bamboo growing techniques, to the local Mangyan living in Puerto Galera.

Growing bamboo is a great money making opportunity, specially for the local tribes living in Puerto Galera. The workshop started of with demonstrations on how to grow new shoots using newly cut plants, it was shown how one can take care of these grafted plants and grow them. Each participant participated with a hands-on demonstration/workshop, creating their own grafted seedlings.
Malasimbo happily accepted the request to use its facilities for the purpose of this educational seminar, which allowed agricultural knowledge to be transferred to its neighbors. Bamboo has many commercial uses and successfully growing this plant can be a lucrative business. The seminar also included a talk about its commercial uses and possible business opportunity.

Malasimbo opens its door to such events and is grateful to the Philippine Military for the opportunity to participate. The event was quite a success, each participants, left the place with a certificate, new knowledge and ideas to put in action. A moment of happiness truly shared.

 

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Inauguration of the new Tamaraw Rangers Station in Aruyan-Malati area (Oct 30)

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After 6 weeks of intense carpentry work, and without fail at their field patrols duty, the Tamaraw rangers completed the construction of the new Rangers station in Sitio Palbong, Municipality of Sablayan.  The structure was blessed by a local priest in presence of the whole TCP team.

The field station replaces the previous one that eventually collapsed in 2015; this will help the Tamaraw Rangers to patrol the Aruyan-Malati Area where a small, secretive population of Tamaraw survives.

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Participation to the Annual Philippine Biodiversity Symposium (Oct 16-20)

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symposium 2DAF participated to the 27th annual Biodiversity Symposium which happened in Pampanga State Agricultural University. This year, DAF gave the chance to two of our young Mangyan Field Technical Assistant and Tamaraw Ranger collaborator to be at the front line of the symposium. They presented the on-going research work conducted by Alvaro, DAF’s Tamaraw Research Officer.

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Management Planning Workshop for Mts Iglit-Baco Natural Park (Sept 24-28)

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A major step towards the finalization of the Protected Area General Management Plan was reached thanks to a wide working meeting that gathered nearly 25 local stakeholders, IP representatives and international partners for a full week. The workshop was facilitated by Mike Appleton, from Global Wildlife Conservation whose expertise is of great help to assist and support the Protected Area Office in its mission.

This work meeting takes us a few steps forward towards the production of the Park Management Plan.

 

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Turn-over Ceremony

Turn over ceremony with local communities and Mindoro stakeholders following the new identified Tamaraw population (Sept 18)

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Following the last verification survey, the Governor of Oriental Mindoro invited the DENR and its partners to celebrate the “re-discovery” of the species in the Province; the skull that was found during the last survey was then turned over to the Province Capitol. The Province is eager to be more engaged in further conservation efforts.

The event was also the opportunity to emphasize that this Tamaraw population is within the Ancestral Domain of the Mangyan-Alangan Tribe. This discovery must become a chance for the Tribe to structure and strengthen its rights and plans over their land title, while ensuring that the natural environment of these mountains will be better protected.

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Third verification survey of the Upper Amnay Watershed Region (Aug 30 – Sept 12)

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Together with the DENR-TCP and support from MBCFi partner, a third journey to the heart of Mindoro was conducted to complete the assessment of the newly confirmed population of Tamaraw. The team composed of DAF IP Field Technical Assistant, TCP rangers and MBCFi biologists, together with local Mangyan-Alangan guides and porters  was focusing its attention to the east side of the surveyed range. The mission confirms the presence of Tamaraw in Oriental Mindoro, which is a major discovery for the Province.

Results show that Tamaraw range is larger than previously though. This proves that Mindoro is still sheltering substantial wild Tamaraw populations, which is a positive sign for long term conservation.

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August ’18 activity update (and working with the Fufuamas)

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Since the beginning of the rainy season, the field research team – in a multi-collaborative effort involving DAF, TCP and the local community – has been working to gather information on tamaraw ecology and habitats. The field team, consisting of DAF’s Mangyan Field Technical Assistants, some Tamaraw Rangers and local Fufuamas (Mangyan elders), have been working with the lead of the Tamaraw Research Officer (Alvaro Gonzalez), looking at the species composition and mouvements in the tamaraw habitat. This is a great opportunity to learn from the local expertise of the Fufuamas who add critical knowledge in our tamaraw conservation mission, and for the protected area management plans.

 

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