The Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (MBCFI) has been working hand in hand with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and People’s Organizations (PO) in conserving and protecting the biodiversity of Mindoro. To further enhance the capabilities of partner POs, the foundation in partnership with the DENR conducted a Wildlife Enforcement, Identification, and Handling Training. The training aims to enhance the capacity of partners to enforce wildlife laws. It also aims to improve the ability of partners in handling and identifying wildlife species. These will give stakeholders a clear understanding and appreciation on the importance of biodiversity monitoring.
A three-day training was conducted on May 16-18, 2018 at the Aroma Beach Hotel, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. A total of 71 local stakeholders from four different people’s organization participated in the training. Seventeen participants from Nagkakaisang Samahan ng Bantay Kalikasan (NagSaBaK), 25 participants from Nagkakaisang Bantay Kalikasan ng Tamisan (NagBaKaT), 18 participants from Kawaras Gabay Akyat Halcon ng Bayanan, and 11 participants from Sarig Agunaker sa Bulod Sialdang. The training covered the topics of environmental laws by DENR staff, wildlife identification by MBCFI, proper wildlife handling given by one veterinarian, and a lecture on biodiversity monitoring given by the Chief Enforcement Officer of DENR-MIMAROPA, Lino Dimapilis.
With the local stakeholders trained in the implementation of biodiversity monitoring and enforcement, they can now assist in the patrolling of the area, thus eliminating the illegal activities in the area. Their wildlife handling knowledge will be handy when it comes to encountering illegal wildlife traders as well as rescued animals to lessen mortality.