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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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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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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:

Searching for the Last Tamaraw

 

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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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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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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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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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