The Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (MBCFI), is pleased to announce its membership to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN is the largest and most diverse environmental network worldwide. As of 2017, there are only six Philippine organizations that are members of the IUCN.
Mindoro is considered a separate biogeographical region from the rest of the Philippines. It explains why certain species or “island endemics” are unique only in Mindoro. Many of Mindoro’s wildlife species, however, are on the brink of extinction mainly because of massive habitat loss and destructive human activities. As a member of the IUCN, MBCFI can easily acquire the latest developments and researches to keep up with the new trends in global conservation movement.
Yes, conserving nature is not an easy task but with the aid of IUCN, MBCFI’s role to protect and conserve natural resources and endemic species in Mindoro will be easier.
MBCFI’s science-based information are used by the Philippine government policy makers in the formulation and implementation of responsive policies for effective resource management and conservation. The information and learnings that MBCFI will obtain from IUCN can be useful not only to the provinces of Mindoro but also by other provinces in the Philippines for their sustainable development as well. MBCFI’s discoveries and existing knowledge would also be beneficial to other conservation groups worldwide. IUCN will harness the studies of MBCFI so other organizations can access information on Mindoro’s discoveries, unique species, indigenous peoples’ knowledge and culture, and management strategies and practices.
The two-way relationship of MBCFI and IUCN will be beneficial to future projects by both MBCFI and other organizations worldwide.