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Conservation of the tamaraw and Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park, Mindoro Island, Philippines

Mt Iglit-Baco National Park on Mindoro Island remains the last refuge for the critically endangered endemic and quite unknown Mindoro dwarf buffalo, also called tamaraw. The rough mountains within the Park are also the ancestral land of indigenous communities. These communities have preserved their traditional way of life based on natural resources and subsistence farming.

The aim of this project is to develop a field-based program structured around three complementary objectives:

1. To improve our knowledge on the natural, social and cultural assets of the park: by strengthening research and monitoring survey on the Tamaraw and the biodiversity of the Park and by increasing our understanding of the native communities and their relationship with their environment.

2. To set up a long term conservation program for the Tamaraw and its habitat through a relevant and easily applicable integrated management plan. This plan would encompass both ecological and social aspects. Preserving the ecosystem and fauna of Mt Iglit-Baco National Park is all the more required as the native communities depend directly upon those natural resources to live.

3. To develop sustainable eco-tourism activities as a financial tool to support the running costs of the Tamaraw and the Park's biodiversity conservation.

This project will be developed in collaboration with Philippine authorities, local stakeholders and other non governmental organizations.

Principal Investigators & Institution/Organization involved

  • Schütz Emmanuel, field project coordinator, Noé Conservation, France
  • Druget Aurélie program Coordinator Anthropolinks, France
  • Mr Rodel Boyles, Tamaraw Conservation Programme, PawB/DENR, Philippines
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