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  • Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PBCFI)

     

    PROJECT TITLE
    Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation in Negros Island Regional Development Agenda Project 

    LOCATION
    Negros Island Region

    TARGET AREAS FOR CONSERVATION

    • 80,454 hectares in Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP)  
    • 24,557 hectares in Mount Kanlaon Natural Park (MKNP)  
    • 8,016 hectares Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park (BTLNP)

    DURATION
    2 years

    BENEFICIARIES

    • 11 municipalities (NNNP), 7 municipalities (MKNP) and 3 municipalities (BTLNP)  
    • Protected Area (PA) Management Board and communities of the three PAs 

    BACKGROUND
    Negros Island ranks among the world’s most threatened areas. A total of 41 globally-endangered species are in Negros. Despite this, information on biodiversity is still limited. Updated biodiversity data are localized in areas with existing projects. Scientific information is confined to checklists of threatened species which still need to be translated into practical terms to bring in support for environmental governance. Enforcement strategies were mostly directed towards illegal logging, neglecting the role and value of wildlife.

    Identified threats to wildlife were limited to poaching of exotic wildlife species. Although communities are active in forest patrolling, environmental cases filed were seldom won in courts. A few local enforcement groups were even sued for miscalculated legal procedures. Local management plans cover environmental protection, however, biodiversity conservation is rarely reflected nor integrated in the development plans of LGUs.

    ACTIVITIES
    USAID, through the Philippine-American Fund, works with the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PBCFI) in creating a unified management plan for the three protected areas in Negros Island. By translating scientific information into laypersons’ terms, PBCFI will assist local government units in developing effective biodiversity conservation activities.

    The project enables communities to participate in wildlife monitoring and advocacy programs to heighten awareness and appreciation of biodiversity conservation in Negros Island. Informed stakeholders can also provide support for biodiversity-friendly investments in the three protected areas in Negros: Northern Negros Natural Park, Mount Kanlaon Natural Park, and the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park.

    UPDATES AS OF MARCH 2017
    Training sessions on beekeeping were conducted for selected participants from Northern Negros Natural Park and Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park. This equipped 109 representatives (31 percent women) of LGUs and local farmers’ associations on the importance and basic ecology of bees, sustainable bee harvesting techniques and business planning.

    In partnership with the local government of E.B. Magalona, a biological monitoring survey for the flagship bird species was conducted for the Northern Negros Natural Park in Barangay Canlusong. A total of 32 surveyors from PBCFI, Provincial Environment and Management Office and members of the Bantay Bukid of the LGU joined the survey. Of the 27 species recorded during the survey, 21 Philippine endemic bird species were sighted.

    Strategic meetings with LGUs, DENR and local stakeholders in three protected areas in the Negros Island Region were conducted to solicit their support to the project. This was conducted throughout February in several LGUs. A meeting with the new set of officers of DENR NIR was also conducted on Feb. 28, 2017 for the Negros Island Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan.