As we celebrate the 23rd year of the Philippine Eagle Week, we are reminded that our national bird is a forest dependent species that requires vast forest covers for its survival and population growth. It is a story re-told too many times, depicting the current crisis that our national bird is constantly beset– the loss of their precious forest homes and illegal hunting/shooting of the species. It is also the story of hope of a critically endangered bird that awakens our hearts and make people realize how frail and fragile our environment has become. Against all these odds and to many heightened conservation consciousness for like-minded individuals, there is still hope for the eagles and the rest of our biodiversity.
On April 22, we will be celebrating Earth Day and as part of that initiative we wanted to reach out to Global Wildlife Program (GWP) project teams to help put with a video. In this video, we would like to feature drawings, paintings, poems created by kids and teens (7-14 years) who as we know, will inherit our legacy. As a reminder of accountability across generations and that the planet is shared overtime – we wanted to ask children in this age group to draw / paint what they think and feel when asked these questions:
What do you love about Planet Earth?” and “How can we help Planet Earth?”
As many of you have transitioned from office to home during the pandemic and spent more time with your children and your family, we thought this would be a fun idea to share with a young audience on why its important to care for and save wildlife, forests, oceans, and the Earth.
Let us know if you have any questions and please if you would like to participate, send us a picture or scan copy of the art work by April 15, 2021.
Global Wildlife Program Team
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) together with the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-BMB) concluded the Protect Wildlife Project through an online exit conference held on March 23, 2021- the Php1.2 billion ($25 million) USAID-funded project primarily aimed to reduce the major threats to Philippine biodiversity, such as poaching and illegal trade of wildlife and wildlife products, and to enhance ecosystem goods and services. The project was implemented in various provinces in the country, to wit: a) province of Palawan, b) Sulu Archipelago, including Zamboanga City and Tawi-Tawi province, c) General Santos City, Sarangani, and, d) South Cotabato provinces in Southern Mindanao.
All throughout the four and half year- implementation, USAID ensured the sustenance of the project’s impacts in achieving success through the ecosystem approach sought to address threats to biodiversity while enabling rigorous integration of conservation outcomes with development objectives, supporting strong local ownership, and ensuring that lessons learned are applied at scale.
Upang matiyak na magiging tuloy-tuloy ang wildlife preservation efforts ng gobyerno ay sasamantalahin ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ang paggamit ng information technology upang maturuan ang publiko ng kahalagahan ng pagbibigay-proteksiyon sa kapaligiran at wildlife species sa gitna ng mga pagsubok dulot ng coronavirus pandemic.
Ayon kay Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, ang paggamit ng karagdagang dalawang online learning platforms ay nagbibigay ng kakayahan sa DENR para mapatupad ang mandato nito na maturuan ang mga tao tungkol sa wildlife resources ng bansa sa kabila ng patuloy na coronavirus o COVID-19 pandemic.
"Thanks to technology, we are able not only to communicate remotely, but also make sure that the Filipinos can continue to educate themselves about the environment, especially in protecting our wildlife species," saad ni Cimatu.
On March 3, 2021, the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-BMB) led the annual celebration of the 8th World Wildlife Day with the theme “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet” emphasizing the relationship between our forests and woodlands, its manifold services and benefits bestowed upon us.
The celebration of this global event is a medium to honor and show our appreciation to forty-three (43) officials/personnel from National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Philippine National Police (PNP) for their valuable contributions to wildlife law enforcement from February to December 2020. In the same vein, the Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade (POGI), a composite team of wildlife enforcers from various agencies was recently honored during the Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards. The prestigious award was conferred upon by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to these valiant men and women.