July 25, 2012
The World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines) has joined top academic institution Far Eastern University (FEU), alongside well-established environmental groups in Mindoro, with the goal of doubling the wild tamaraw population from 300 to 600 by 2020.
Illustration of the tamaraw. For photos of the tamaraw: Arkive: tamaraw.
"Ultimately, our engagement will revitalize key mountain habitats in Occidental Mindoro, with the tamaraw as its conservation icon," said WWF-Philippines Vice-Chair and CEO Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan in a press release. "Healthy peaks and forests translate to a better-managed source of water so essential for the vast rice lands of this island’s western floodplains, while healthy reefs generate vast amounts of protein. Our goal is two-fold—to double the number of wild tamaraw by 2020—and to ensure that the ridges and reefs of Mindoro remain productive to adequately provide for its people in a climate-defined future."
The island of Mindoro is one of seven distinct bio-geographical zones in the Philippines and supports the productive ecosystems of the Iglit-Baco mountain range and Apo Reef. The comprehensive tamaraw conservation effort brings together long-standing tamaraw research; ongoing efforts to protect the Apo Reef and other marine riches; and improved oversight and regulations for parks and public land use.
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