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wildlife resources Division (wrd)

The Wildlife Resources Division shall formulate, review and recommend policies, strategies, plans and programs for the protection, conservation and sustainable use of wildlife resources in the country pursuant to RA 9147; develop standards on the management of wildlife resources in captivity, including establishment of zoos, botanical gardens, wildlife rescue centers and similar facilities; develop and coordinate implementation of policies and strategic programs to manage the risks of invasive alien species (IAS) to native species and ecosystem/habitats; develop and undertake capacity building programs for wildlife species conservation, including policy implementation and enforcement; be responsible for the implementation of the Philippine commitments to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) as Management Authority for terrestrial species, and relevant provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), serve as focal point of the Bureau on matters pertaining to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS); update and maintain data and information on Philippine wildlife resources and critical habitats; provide guidance and technical assistance on the management of wild flora and fauna; and perform other functions that may be assigned by higher authority.

Wildlife Regulation Section

  • Formulate and recommend policies, plans and programs for the sustainable use of wildlife resources;
  • Serve as the focal unit in the implementation of the Philippine commitments under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and as such:
    1. Regulate the international trade of wild flora and fauna following the system and standards established by the CITES;
    2. Review/evaluate trade in Philippine wildlife and prepare proposals for the amendment/updating of Philippine species under CITES listings;
    3. Review and endorse applications for registration of commercial wildlife breeding operations to the CITES;
    4. Monitor facilities engaged in the commercial breeding/propagation of CITES-listed species;
    5. Administer the CITES Electronic Permitting and Management Information System (CEPMIS); and,
    6. Comply with reporting requirements of the CITES.
  • Prepare/update the list of economically-important wildlife species (wild plants and animals) for harvest and direct trade purposes;
  • Develop/recommend standards for the sustainable utilization of wildlife resources and formulate measures for the equitable sharing of benefits derived from such utilization;
  • Monitor and evaluate implementation of plans, programs and policies related to the utilization of wildlife resources;
  • Monitor compliance to wildlife permits/instruments including access and benefit sharing agreements;
  • Coordinate with and provide technical assistance to DENR Regional/Field Offices in the implementation of activities on sustainable use of wild flora and fauna and enforcement of wildlife laws, rules and regulations;
  • Maintain updated data/information and prepare reports on wildlife regulations and compliance;
  • Develop and implement capacity building programs on wildlife policy implementation and enforcement;
  • Facilitate dissemination and exchange of information on wildlife regulation, including compliance status and sustainable use of wildlife resources;
  • Coordinate with and provide technical assistance to DENR Field Offices in the implementation of activities on sustainable resource use of wild flora and fauna and enforcement of wildlife laws, rules and regulations; and,
  • Perform other functions as may be assigned.

Wildlife Conservation Section

  • Formulate and recommend policies, plans and programs for the conservation, protection and management of wildlife resources and critical habitats;
  • Recommend strategies for in-situ and ex-situ conservation of wildlife, including measures to maintain/enhance genetic diversity and prevent/control invasive alien species;
  • Develop and coordinate implementation of programs, policies and strategies for the management of risks of invasive alien species (IAS);
  • Develop/enhance standards on wildlife baselining and population monitoring;
  • Facilitate the documentation of, and maintain updated data/information on, Philippine wildlife, including species distribution, uses, population and conservation status;
  • Update the national list of threatened wildlife;
  • Develop and implement technical capacity building programs for regional/field counterparts on the conservation and management of wildlife;
  • Develop communication, education, participation and awareness (CEPA) programs on wildlife conservation;
  • Spearhead the mobilization and operation of special bodies, committees, and working groups created by the DENR such as the National Wildlife Management Committee, the Philippine Plant Conservation Committee (Philippine Red List Committee for Wild Flora), the Philippine Wild Fauna Conservation Committee (Philippine Red List Committee for Wildlife Fauna), the Philippine Eagle Working Group, the National Committee on the Conservation of Crocodile, etc.; and, provide support in the mobilization of the Sub-Committee on Biological Diversity;
  • Develop and update research agenda on Philippine Wildlife for dissemination to and possible implementation by ERDB, academe, and other research institutions; Monitor and evaluate the implementation of plans, policies, projects and programs on the conservation and protection of wildlife resources by regional/field counterparts;
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance to DENR Regional/Field Offices and other entities on matters pertaining to wildlife conservation;
  • Handle the technical concerns of the National Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Center (veterinary care, animal management and nutrition, disease prevention, and disposition of wild animals in accordance with existing policies, as well as internship/volunteer program of students/wildlife enthusiasts, and other related concerns of NWRCC;
  • Be directly responsible for the implementation of the Philippine commitments under the CMS, including related concerns such as the ASIAN Waterfowl Census, East Asia Australia Flyway Partnership Program (EAAFP), IOSEA MoU on Marine Turtle & Habitat Conservation, etc.; and,
  • Responsible for the implementation of commitments to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Wildlife Health and Diseases, including prevention and control of zoonosis; and,
  • Prepare and submit regular reports on wildlife conservation.