ASAP Species Conservation Grants

 Organisation: Mabuwaya Foundation

Project title: Local protection of the Philippine Crocodile, Isabela Oriole and Hawksbill Turtle in Community Conserved Areas in Northeast Luzon, Philippines

Location: Northeast Luzon, Philippines

Project date: February 2021 – December 2021

Species: Philippine Crocodile Crocodylus mindorensis, Isabela Oriole Oriolus isabellae, Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata


 

The challenge

The Northern Sierra Madre mountain range in Northeast Luzon is one of the last wilderness areas of the Philippines with the largest contiguous forest of the country and important coastal and freshwater wetlands. The habitat is home to many threatened species, including three ASAP species: Philippine Crocodile, Isabela Oriole and Hawksbill Turtle. These ASAP species are threatened by hunting, egg poaching, nest destruction and loss and degradation of habitats by agricultural conversion, pollution and destructive fishing. By working with local communities and municipal governments, the Mabuwaya Foundation have helped to establish 11 critical habitats as Community Conserved Areas (CCAs).

The focus now is on getting law enforcement in place within the CCAs, with local patrol and monitoring systems.

The project

  • Train the CCA Wardens in environmental law enforcement, patrolling and focus species monitoring
  • Equip the CCA Wardens and establish a reporting and response mechanism to observed threats

“The Northern Sierra Madre is one of the last wilderness areas of the Philippines. Its protection is crucial for the survival of the Philippine Crocodile, Isabela Oriole and Hawksbill Turtle in Northern Luzon. The Mabuwaya Foundation is engaging and capacitating communities to conserve this important area.”

Marites Gatan-Balbas, Director, Mabuwaya Foundation

 

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