Biodiversity Conservation and Protection of Habitat in Mount Banahaw de Tayabas
Biodiversity Conservation and Protection of Habitat in Mount Banahaw de Tayabas
The presence of settlers in the park intensified the economic activities within the area and with little regulation will soon reach alarming proportions. Problems or issues identified that affects the biodiversity of the area includes sedentary agriculture; uncontrolled slash and burn agriculture; and wildlife resource extraction such as hunting, plant gathering, timber poaching, treasure hunting and others.

The project aims to protect the biodiversity of Mt. Banahaw and augment livelihood of upland farmers and community by means of planting Indigenous tree species and fruit bearing trees. It plans to establish nurseries of native trees in the protected area, by collecting seeds and wildlings from the forest to be propagated in the nursery as farmer’s food for work. This project aims not only to create livelihood to the resource dependent upland farmers but also the community. The propagation of native tree species will be used for the rehabilitation of denuded areas and restoration of wildlife habitat of Mount Banahaw.

Banahaw de Tayabas serves as habitat of different wildlife. A total of 224 vertebrate species were identified comprising 135 species of birds, 19 species of non-volant mammals, 20 species of bats 29 species of frogs, 15 species of lizards and 6 species of snakes. A 50% endemism level on birds alone was observed. Entirely new species recently discovered at the eastern slopes of Mt. Banahaw ( Tayabas and Lucban side) relate to species characteristics of the two distinct sub-faunal regions mentioned.

The Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal National Park is an important watershed that contributes stream flow to the Lucban_Pagsanjan River Basin to the north, the San Pablo-San Cristobal River Basin to the Northwest, the Dolores River Basin to the southwest and the Sariaya-Tayabas River Basin to the southeast.

The biodiversity of Banahaw in the proposed target area is highly threatened by local residents due to activities such as slash and burn agriculture, wildlife hunting, plant gathering, timber poaching, treasure hunting, and charcoal making.

Among the species needing protection are giant cloud rat, luzon forest frog, the luzon bleeding heart pigeon (punay) and the the newly discovered Philippine tree mouse; gulantang (musseromys gulantang) in which according to experts, are highly threatened because they are highly sensitive and they relocate if they heard unnecessary noise due to human intervention.

There were also reported portion of Mt. Banahaw experiencing rapid depletion of indigenous tree species and subsequent decrease in supply of water, especially during summer seasons. What used to be a haven of various forest tree species and other component of biodiversity is now left with relatively small patches of forest tree species and destruction of wild animals.

Proponent Qualification:
LABB has been working with partner PO’s in conducting organizing,resource management and sustainable development training/ seminars in tree project sites of Dolores, Tayabas and Sariaya, developing its components for the Biodiversity Conservation projects with FPE. The proponent focuses on Activities such as community organizing; community-based resource management; advocacy/networking/linkaging; alternative livelihood; and providing trainings/seminars/capability building.

Partnership Arrangement:
• The PAMB thru PASu will be the supervising body during project implementation and the proponent LABB will be regularly reporting to PAMB as this project was based on 5-year implementation plan for MBSCPL on Biodiversity Conservation. The agency will be responsible in overseeing that policies, programs and projects adopted and implemented by the stakeholders are within the context of the existing rules and regulations and environmental standards
• The LGU will provide necessary patrolling equipment of TAPAT-Kalikasan
• The proposed project will be implemented by LABB together with its partner TAPAT-Kalikasan (Tayabas People’s Action Team for Nature). After a year of the project implementation, it will be run by the PO for the continuation of the project and will only be supervised by LABB.

Specific Objective:
To protect Mount Banahaw and its biodiversities and Create livelihood to the farmers

General Objective:
To establish native trees in the protected area, by collecting seeds and wildlings from the forest to be propagated in the nursery as farmer's food for work. This project aims not only to create livelihood to the resource dependent upland farmers but also the community. These propagated native trees will be used for the rehabilitation of denuded areas and restoration of wildlife habitat of Mount Banahaw.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Luntiang Alyansa para sa Bundok Banahaw
Country:
Philippines
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 40,615.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
PHL/SGP/OP4/Y3/RAF/10/11 - LABB
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
People's Organization leaders and concerned Barangay Captains will be conducting cross visit to the successful Rainforestation areas of Visayas State University to observe and learn how this project was implemented.
Notable Community Participation
The academe, especially the elementary and high schol students will be tapped in tree-planting activities.
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Mr System Administrator
 

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M.H del Pilar corner Regidor Streets, Brgy. Angustias III
Tayabas , Quezon Province , 4327
 

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Ms. Rochelle Balitaan Villanueva
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+63 2 2944082
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Atty Rodolfo Ferdinand Jr Quicho
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Biodiversity Management Bureau Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center North Avenue, Diliman
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