Monitoring for the protection of wildlife
Setting up nets during a bird-banding
activity and taking biometrics during a bird banding activity
Wildlife provide ecological benefits and contribute to the
development of medical science. There is an abundance of wildlife and wildlife
resources in the Philippines but these are rapidly vanishing due to habitat
destruction, uncontrolled hunting and over-harvesting. Thus, monitoring is
important. Monitoring yields data needed to formulate policies, enact laws and
regulations and trigger research directed towards wildlife protection and
management. Likewise, through monitoring, ecotourism opportunities are
identified. Local and international support for conservation efforts are also
How to monitor
· Know the wildlife
in your locality through observations and interviews.
· Check their status with
existing literature (e.g., migratory endemic, rare, endangered) and indicate
their numbers. Bird-banding, including biometrics, can be conducted when
technical assistance of a wildlife expert is available.
· Describe their habitats. Draw
a map. If possible, observe and record habitat changes and the effects of such
changes to specific species.
· Find out the attitude of
people towards them (e.g., Are these considered pets or are these considered
· Find out whether or not these
wildlife are protected by laws, by community norms.
· Deposit field reports and
records, including documentation materials like photographs or slides, with the
wildlife expert in your community. Here are some GOs and NGOs you can contact
Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature
Center, Diliman, Quezon City
Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), College, Laguna 4031
Philippine Wetland and Wildlife Conservation Foundation, Inc.
(PWWCFI), 295 B. R. Duterte Street, Banawa, Cebu City 6000, Tel. Nos.
210-604/216-729, Fax No. (032) 210-604,
Haribon Foundation, 340 Villamor Street, San Juan, Metro Manila,
Tel. Nos. 704316/784179
· Collaborate with
media practitioners/wildlife experts in publishing or broadcasting your verified
report for the information of community.
· Organize interested parties
into a broad alliance to formulate plans. Mobilize the alliance and involve the
greatest number of people in the implementation. Evaluate plans, programs and
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