14/10/2015

Good news and bad news - meet Jomah

Here's a new update from Neil in the Philippines.

The bad news (not entirely bad) is that we haven’t yet managed to get a decent photograph of any of the Negros bleeding heart doves that are left in the forest. We estimate there are around 20 pairs in the Canaway River valley, out of an estimated global population of only 300 individuals, but we haven’t managed to capture them on camera.  That should change in the coming six months, as we focus on finding nesting birds, in their breeding season.

The good news is that some of the measures we put in place at the time of the last visit have had a significant impact on saving the Canaway forest.  In June, we employed Jomah to act as a manager for forest wardens, with a remit to monitor the remaining forest and report any encroachments.  Under Philippine law, all remaining forest is protected, but in practice slash and burn agricultural farming is still decimating the remnants.  On Negros, forest coverage has shrunk by a staggering 96% in the last hundred years, as sugar cane plantations and a burgeoning population in need of land to grow crops turned the forests to fields.  Since we took on Jomah a few months ago I am delighted to say there has been no further forest clearance in our target area.  Good news for the wildlife, and good news for the people who depend on the forest for the provision of clean drinking water and crop irrigation. 

We have a village meeting; to look at ways how wildlife conservation can benefit the poor people living on the edge of the forest, not give them an extra burden.

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