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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

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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

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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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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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