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Protected Area Zoning System Workshop (May 2018)

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A two days workshop was conducted in San Jose by the Protected Area Office of Mts Iglit-Baco National Park to discuss a possible zoning system which will be established within the Protected Area.

The workshop was facilitated by GWC expert and partner in PA Management Mr Mike Appleton, who is assisting the Protected Area Superintendant (Pasu) to design the future PA Management Plan for the Park. This event gathered several Mindoro stakeholders, partners from MBCFi, as well as IUCN-SSC AWCSG coordinator, Dr. James Burton.

The goal was to initiate a round discussion and draft the possible zones that will define and drive this protected area in the future. One challenge is also to give way for the tamaraw to expand its range towards suitable areas of the Park.

 

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1-Team proceeding in the mountain by oriental Mindoro

New official tamaraw population, in the heart of Mindoro (February 2018)

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In collaboration with our DENR TCP partner and the local Alangan Mangyan communities, DAF conducted a 14 days exploration mission on the Upper Amnay Watershed Region, at the border of the two Mindoro provinces, in order to assess the size and the situation of an isolated Tamaraw population.

The existence of this remote population was corroborated during our previous rapid survey in June 2017. Results of this survey confirm what shall be considered as a new official sub-population and the second largest tamaraw population in Mindoro after Mts Iglit-Baco Natural Park (possibly more than 80 animals).

It also paves the way in building cooperation and structuring the involvement of the upland Alangan communities whose living space encompasses this tamaraw sub-population.

Despite the undeniable importance of the finding and the optimism it allows, discretion is requested at this stage to avoid unsuitable anticipated actions and mistakes with these IP communities.

 

 

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2 - mountain mossy forest landscape

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5 - exit through Occidental Mindoro

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A - With Tamaraw rangers in the field

Joining field patrols to assess capacities and needs of Tamaraw rangers (February 24 – March 6)

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DAF Program Manager assisted GWC expert in Wildlife Crime Prevention, Mr. James Slade, to survey Tamaraw landscape within MIBNP and Aruyan-Malati area, together with the 4 TCP rangers’ teams. The goal was to assess the patrolling/monitoring activities of the rangers thus to identify gaps, needs and constraints, as well as to initiate new methods (cyber tracker). Report from James Slade will be very valuable to design and develop capacity reinforcement approach for the Tamaraw rangers.

B - using cyber tracker during patrols

Strengthening the agenda of local stakeholders through partnership with international scientific community (February 18 – 24)

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Together with its international partners, DAF is supporting the organization of a new Tamaraw Population Habitat Viability Assessment workshop (PHVA) to be conducted in last quarter 2018 in Mindoro. On that purpose a second meeting was held at the National DENR BMB office in Quezon City in presence of Dr. James Burton of the IUCN/SSC AWCSG and CCTU Conservation Program officer, Mr. Jeff Holland.

In parallel, substantial work and progress were done towards the design of the Protected Area General Management Plan for Mts Iglit-Baco National Park, thanks to the second visit in the Philippines of GWC expert in Protected Area Management, Mr Mike Appleton. Protected Area Superintendent for MIBNP must submit the Plan by December 2018. DAF and its partners will be active contributors to help her achieve this mission.

This is two challenging and crucial agendas which will structure program’s activities and schedule in the coming months.

1-Team proceeding in the mountain by oriental Mindoro

Journey in the heart of Mindoro to assess a remote Tamaraw population (February 1 – 13)

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In collaboration with our DENR TCP partner and the local Alangan Mangyan communities, DAF conducted a 14 days exploration mission in the heart of Mindoro, at the border of the two provinces, in order to assess the size and the situation of an isolated Tamaraw population. The existence of this remote population was corroborated during our previous rapid survey in June 2017. Results of this new survey confirm what shall be considered as a new official sub-population and the second largest tamaraw population in Mindoro after Mts Iglit-Baco National Park.

It also paves the way for building stronger cooperation and structuring the involvement of the upland Alangan communities whose living space encompasses this tamaraw sub-population.

This is an optimistic finding opening for new challenges and responsibilities. This population will be subject to specific measures and planing.

 

4 - fresh dung of tamaraw        2 - mountain mossy forest landscape

3 - fresh track of tamaraw       5 - exit through Occidental Mindoro

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Water Filter Workshop with Tau-Buid Communities (October 8, 2017)

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Thanks to our partnership with the Organization “WATER WITH BLESSINGS”, the D’ABOVILLE Foundation was able to deliver 35 water filter systems to the Tao-buid Mangyan tribe living within Mts Iglit-Baco National Park in Occidental Mindoro. The activity was initiated following assessment from our local staff of drinking water problems in the communities during the rainy season. It ended up into an interactive day activity to prepare and set up the systems and make demonstration to the recipients. Activity was supervised by DAF in cooperation with the Tribe Leader. The water filter systems shall benefit to nearly 250 people scattered over four different settlements inside the Protected Area.

 

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Collaboration towards use of camera traps in Aruyan Malati area (Oct 10, 2017)

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DAF Program manager and TCP coordinator, Ms Jun Pineda, met together with WWF Ph, PENRO and MENRO Sablayan to plan a collaborative effort in gathering crucial data about the Tamaraw sub-population of the Aruyan-Malati Area in the Municipality of Sablayan, one of the remaining Tamaraw populations under high concern of DAF and TCP.

DAF agreed to provide the five camera traps loaned by its international partner, to this specific purpose. An MoU shall be signed soon to defined the role and responsibility of each party, prior to install the items on site.

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