New shrew species, orchid discovered in the Philippines
August 10, 2007
An unknown shrew species has been discovered on Palawan, a large island in the Philippines, by a Conservation International-led expedition.
During the five-week survey of Mt. Mantalingahan in June, the scientists also found three new species of plants, including a white orchid.
Conservation International says the discoveries lend support to protecting the area as a park.
“These noteworthy discoveries and rediscoveries on Mt. Mantalingahan will further strengthen the justification for our recommendation to have this important center of endemism in Palawan declared as protected area,” Romeo Trono, country director of Conservation International Philippines, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Unknown mollusks and crustaceans discovered in the Philippines
(2/5/2007) A French-led marine expedition team may have discovered hundreds of previously unknown species of mollusks and crustaceans around Panglao, an island in the Philippines, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Philippines announces new nature conservation plan
(11/8/2006) Philippine president Gloria Arroyo has enacted a new national conservation policy according to Conservation International (CI). Arroyo signed an Executive Order at a Nov. 8 ceremony that stated “It is the policy of the state to protect, conserve and sustainably use biological diversity to ensure and secure the well-being of present and future generations of Filipinos.”