People unite to protect future of Tamaraws
In celebration of the Tamaraw Conservation Month in October (Proclamation 273, s. 2002), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – MIMAROPA Region, local stakeholders, indigenous communities and global wildlife experts concluded a workshop that resulted in progressing the ongoing conservation plan for the tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis). The only endemic bovine to the Philippines, the tamaraw is classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with an estimated population of 300 individuals in the island provinces of Mindoro based on recent studies.
The three-day activity enabled the participants to provide inputs on the updating of the Tamaraw Conservation Management and Action Plan (TCMAP) and structuring of the Law Enforcement Forum (LEF); and complete the first two steps (decision problem and defining values) of the Structured Decision Making (SDM) approach for the feasibility study on tamaraw translocation and ex-situ management interventions.
The workshop, which was held in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro was attended by representatives from the DENR’s regional and field offices Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (P/CENROs), Protected Area Management Offices, Tamaraw Conservation Program, Indigenous Communities, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (MBCFI), Mindoro State University (MinSU), Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Provincial and Local Government Offices and co-organized by the D’ABOVILLE Foundation and Demo Farm Inc. (DAF), Zoological Society of London (ZSL), re:wild, and the IUCN Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group.