Featured Wildlife Species (Fauna)
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Featured Wildlife Species (Flora)
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Featured Protected Area
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Link to the Featured Key Biodiversity Area(KBA) of the Month
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Featured Critical Habitat/ Local Conservation Area
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Featured Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs) of the Month
Uniqueness of Philippine Biodiversity
Overview: The Philippines is considered a mega-diversity country rivaled only by a few countries in the world when it comes to variety of ecosystems, species and genetic resources. Many of the island comprising the archipelago are believed to have a very high degree of land and animal species endemism covering at least 25 genera of plants and 50% of terrestrial wildlife. The country hosts more than 52,177 described species, of which more than half is found nowhere else in the world. On a per unit area basis, the Philippines probably harbors more diversity of life than any other country on the planet. Understanding the impact and threat of human activities to the natural environment particularly the effect of increasing population, resource exploitation and industrial advancement and recognizing the critical importance of protecting and maintaining the natural biological and physical diversities of public lands that are habitats of rare and endangered species of plants and animals, biogeographic zones and related ecosystems, the Philippine government provided by the Constitution established the comprehensive system of integrated protected areas or the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS).
Presently, with the passage of RA 11038 or the Expanded NIPAS Act of 2018, the total number of PA's nationwide increased from 240 to 244.
7.7 Million hectares or 26 % of the total land area are Protected Areas under NIPAS
Terrestrial PAs (4.67M has.) cover 15.6% of total land surface of the Philippines
Marine PAs cover 1.4% of the total marine waters of the Philippines
National Focal Points
Ms. Noralyn Jubaira-Baja
Ms. Petronila P. Garcia
Mr. Roy A. Cimatu
Mr. Ricardo L. Calderon
Social Media Posts on Biodiversity
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Quick Facts about Philippine Biodiversity
The annual Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) will be held on January 2-18, 2021. Wetlands International co-ordinates the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC). The AWC runs parallel to other international census of waterbirds in Africa, Europe and Neotropics under the umbrella of the International Waterbird Census (IWC). Asian Waterbird Census Overview Six Major Objectives providing the basis Read more about The Asian Waterbird Census 2021 to be held on January 2-18, 2021[…]
A Documentary featuring the Protected Areas of the Philippines premiered its second series on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).
Our Fragile Earth, a documentary show featuring the country’s protected areas, premiered its second series last November 29, 2020 on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC). The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), with the support of the office of Former Senator and now House Deputy Speaker and Antique Read more about A Documentary featuring the Protected Areas of the Philippines premiered its second series on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).[…]
The four-part webinar series entitled “Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the Infrastructure Sector” will discuss and provide better understanding of the role of cities in biodiversity conservation. Urban and biodiversity experts will come together and shed light on the question, “How do we make our growing cities more biodiversity-friendly?” They will discuss ways to meaningfully integrate biodiversity Read more about The Biodiversity Management Bureau launches “Green Infrastructure” webinar Series[…]
The Biodiversity Management Bureau and the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands will conduct webinar on farming communities, migratory birds, and how they can exist in harmony with each other. The webinar titled “Agricultural Wetlands and Migratory Birds Living in Harmony” is in line with this year’s celebration of World Migratory Bird Day with Read more about Webinar on Farming Communities and Migratory Birds in celebration of World Migratory Bird Day 2020[…]
Mongabay.com article about the WildALERT app designed to overcome the problems with reporting all kinds of wildlife crime in the Philippines using a smartphone planned to be rolled-out by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources by end of 2020.
The Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has issued a Public Advisory on protecting migratory birds as the annual bird migration season in the country starts by September 2020. Protected under RA 9147 or the “Wildlife Resorces Conservation and Protection Act”, migratory birds stop briefly along wetlands throughout the country Read more about DENR ISSUES ADVISORY ON MIGRATORY BIRDS[…]
USAID TURNS OVER NEW EQUIPMENT TO HELP DENR STRENGTHEN EMERGENCY AND DIAGNOSTIC CARE FOR RESCUED WILDLIFE
USAID, through its Protect Wildlife project in the Philippines, recently announced new investments to help the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) improve emergency and diagnostic care for rescued wildlife. USAID presented officials with new ultrasound and x-ray machines that will help them diagnose diseases, injuries and conditions of wildlife that are turned over Read more about USAID TURNS OVER NEW EQUIPMENT TO HELP DENR STRENGTHEN EMERGENCY AND DIAGNOSTIC CARE FOR RESCUED WILDLIFE[…]
Palawan Council for Sustainable Development in partnership with USAID Protect Wildlife Program launches an online permitting system.
In line with Republic Act 11032 otherwise known as “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Delivery of Government Services”, the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development in partnership with USAID Protect Wildlife Program launches an online permitting system.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) thru its Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) spearheads the annual celebration of the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day in the Philippines by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 470 s. 2003. This annual event is held every third Saturday of September to educate people and create solutions to the Read more about International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day 2020[…]
180 Trainees from DENR and other law enforcement agencies completed the Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement Virtual training
A total of 180 staff from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other law enforcement agencies graduated from the Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement (BWLE) training held online from July 10-August 10, 2020 for Regions 13 and 11, and August 13 – 28, 2020 for Region 7, respectively. Among the graduates are 119 Read more about 180 Trainees from DENR and other law enforcement agencies completed the Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement Virtual training[…]