This year, the annual Philippine Biodiversity Symposium was back on live with a hybrid formula for those who couldn’t physically join the event that was held In Butuan, Mindanao earlier in December.
DAF team made the trip in order to contribute with three oral presentations and two posters:
- Emmanuel Schütz presented “New estimate of tamaraw population using the double observer estimator: consequences in terms of conservation”.
- Ronet Santos presented “Merging national legislation and indigenous cultural land-use system to manage landscapes and preserve wildlife” and the poster “Supporting the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title of Indigenous group sharing borders with an ASEAN Heritage Park”.
- Fernando Garcia Gil presented “Assessment of small tamaraw sub-populations in Mindoro using camera trap technology: the case of Aruyan-Malati region” and the poster “What camera trap survey teaches us about local biodiversity in Mindoro”.
Our partners from the DOST project MATAPAT presented the following work where we have been collaborating as well:
- John Carlo Redeña Santos et al. presented “Camera traps as a non-invasive tool to generate species inventory, distribution and species natural history in Mt. Calavite Wildlife Sanctuary (MCWS), Occidental Mindoro”.
- Francis Reyes et al. presented the poster “Camera trap-based occupancy modelling of Philippine long-tailed macaque: Abycatch case study in Mt. Calavite Wildlife Sanctuary, Occidental Mindoro".
The Symposium was a great opportunity to meet, talk and exchange with many other people from various organisations and academes involved in studying, preserving and raising awareness on the biodiversity of the Philippines.
Thanks to Biodiversity Conservation Society of Philippines for their amazing work and the organization of such an event.
All this work wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of DARWIN Initiative, Mandai Nature, ZGAP, AFdPZ, Berlin Tierpark, IUCN SSC Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group, CNRS, ASAP, LINCZ, Re:wild, The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, ZSL, Chester Zoo, DENR Mimaropa, DENR TCP and DENR MIBNP.