Welcome to MBCFI!
The Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (MBCFI) was formed as a non-government organization purposely to implement conservation initiatives in Mindoro Island, which is recognized as one of the global biodiversity conservation priority areas, particularly in terms of the number of endemic species, diversity of habitats and degrees of threats. MBCFI was organized through the efforts of the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Program (PBCP), formerly administered by the Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and now by the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PBCFI). MBCFI receives core funding support from the Malampaya Joint Venture Partners.
The vision of MBCFI is “the long-term conservation of Mindoro’s native and endemic wildlife and their natural habitats for the benefit and wonder of future generations of all peoples who may inhabit and share the natural resources of this island”. On the other hand, the mission of MBCFI is "to enhance and enable the conservation of Mindoro's unique and threatened environment, biodiversity and natural resources into perpetuity through the establishment of integrated biodiversity conservation and development programs”.
MBCFI Technical Reports
|1. Mt. Halcon Management Plan
This conservation and management plan of the Mt. Halcon Range in Oriental Mindoro province is the general output of the planning processes convened and facilitated jointly by the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro and the Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. The provincial government issued Executive Order No. 47, entitled “An Executive Order Creating the Technical Working Group to Formulate the Mt. Halcon Conservation and Protection Plan, Defining its Functions and for Other Purposes.” The said EO provided a mandate for the different planning processes to proceed, and defined the framework for the development of this plan.
This plan aims to serve as a guide to stakeholders in the management of Mt. Halcon as a biodiversity important site and as a culturally significant area.
|2. Naujan Lake National Park Site Assessment and Profile Updating
Naujan Lake National Park, 5th largest lake in the Philippines and has a total area of about 21,665 hectares. The lake supports vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered species and a population of migratory birds. In 1999, the lake was declared as the 1008th Ramsar site worldwide and 2nd Ramsar site in the Philippines.
Primary data gathered in 2011 in partnership with UPLB Museum of Natural History provided current information and used as main input in updating the management plan of the area by the Interim Protected Area Management Board (IPAMB) of the Naujan Lake and the DENRRegion IVB - MIMAROPA to enhance and strengthen the management of the national park.
|3. Apo Reef Natural Park Rapid Site Assessment
Apo Reef Natural Park (ARNP) is managed by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) composed of local and national stakeholders and organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The implementer of the management is the Protected Area Supervising Unit based in the town proper of the municipality of Sablayan, Mindoro Occidental.
Anchored on the framework set by the NIPAS Act, active participation of local communities and other stakeholders is an essential element in the effective protected area management and sustainable resource utilization in the Natural Park. To achieve ARNP’s resource management and conservation objectives, it is therefore crucial for the PA managers to gain better appreciation and understanding of the diversity of stakeholders, their livelihood activities, resource use practices, and their dependence on the natural resources in ARNP. Hence, a rapid site assessment and profile updating of the socio-economic and cultural characteristics of the stakeholder communities and the institutional framework in the Apo Reef Natural Park (ARNP) was carried out from April to May 2014.
The biodiversity assessments in the ARNP were also conducted on April 2014 to establish and update the database on the biodiversity and health status of marine and terrestrial flora and fauna.
This report presents key findings on the physical, biological, social, economic, cultural, and institutional sectors of ARNP. The main objective of the assessment is to update and enrich knowledge and understanding about ARNP features in order to improve the management of the protected area, and thus increase chances of achieving sustainable resource use.
|4. Apo Reef Natural Park Ecotourism Management Plan 2015-2020
A major industry that has been utilizing the resources in Apo Reef is tourism. In fact, the major user-based funding source for the maintenance and management of the natural park comes from the park fees paid by the tourists that visit the area. It is a popular site for tourists, who bask in its fine white sand beaches, leisurely stroll along boardwalks within the mangrove area, or marvel at the extremely diverse coral species and other marine life that include sharks and sting rays (Libosada, unpublished).
However, there is an evident lack of a specific management plan that caters directly to sustainable tourism development and its related impacts. It should be noted that developing the ecotourism potential of the island is identified as one of the specific objectives indicated in the 2001 Apo Reef Management Plan.
Results of the biodiversity, socio-economic, cultural and institutional assessments conducted by MBCFI have been used to the development of the ARNP’s Ecotourism Management Plan.
|For a complete list of the reports, please follow this LINK.|
What people say about us
– Amelia P. Legaspi
On the “Trainors’ Training seminar”: This 5-day seminar is a successful one.
– Imelda Francia
On the “Trainors’ Training seminar”: I think the training is good enough for us teachers. We had enough time to learn the importance of biodiversity conservation.
– Gregorio Amparo
On the “Trainors’ Training seminar”: Para kayong Tamaraw, minsan ko lang kayo nakita pero sulit naman.
– Estelita Silverio
On the “Trainors’ Training seminar”: Excellent! The training is very significant and timely for the sustainability of the environment.
– Sheryl Marco
On the “Trainors’ Training seminar”: The entire training is really successful in wakening our awareness as Mindorenos.
– Lily May Evora (PGENRO)
Mt. Halcon is not a protected area but it is filled with diversity, cultural and ecological. Mangyans live there, occupying 3 municipalities, and the site is also threatened by the effects of irresponsible tourism. Give Mt. Halcon a rest is what we are advocating.
– Editha C. Gawad
On “Naujan Lake National Park-Refresher Training on Protected Area Management”: Nadagdagan ang aking kaalaman sa pangangalaga ng kalusugan ng lawa.
– Leo Capon (DENR CENRO-Chief PAWCZMS)
On “Naujan Lake National Park-Refresher Training on Protected Area Management”: It capacitates me more in doing my assigned task.
– Rosita J. Salvador
On “Naujan Lake National Park-Refresher Training on Protected Area Management”: Improved my knowledge as a PAMB Member.
– Mely Catapang
On “Naujan Lake National Park-Refresher Training on Protected Area Management”: It improves my knowledge of PA Management and establishment. It will help a lot in my present job given the additional info I got.
– Nestor Tendio
On “Apo Reef Natural Park — Taskforce MARLEN Capacity Building”: The training was short but definitely encouraging. Hopefully this will not be the last training conducted by MBCFI, hoping soon particularly on marine biodiversity.
– Marjorie Q. Abac
On “Teachers’ Training: Strengthening education for effective biodiversity conservation: Educator and Stakeholders Partnership” held last September 13, 2012: This seminar is really helpful to us as teachers. Now, I know how to integrate biodiversity in my lessons. I’m thankful because I was part of this seminar. To MBCFI, don’t stop to your mission!
– Grace S. Manalo
On “Teachers’ Training: Strengthening education for effective biodiversity conservation: Educator and Stakeholders Partnership” held last September 13, 2012: I have learned so much that is very relevant to my profession. It awakens my concern to our environment.
– Angeline Garcia of Calintaan National High School
Generally, the MBCFI had performed/ functioned very well in holding the teachers’ training they had given to us last February 23-26, 2015. I really learned a lot from it. It opened my eyes to the beauty of my place when it comes to biodiversity and it also made me realized for the rapid loss of its beauty and richness nowadays. I know now, that being a teacher, I can and should do a lot for the conservation of our biodiversity. May your foundation be blessed always by God for you to continue to serve and spread to everyone the spirit of the love for our nature. Thank you very much.
– Participants from Ambulong Island Integrated School
We, teachers from AIIS actively participated to every demonstration of facilitators in the 4-days seminar from February 23-26, 2015. Insights from them was beneficial and is great help for us to disseminate information in the community regarding the conservation of biodiversity.
– Josefina Chavez of Bagong Silang Elementary School, Calintaan
Grateful enough for the great opportunity as one of the participants for this very timely and significant seminar. Learned a lot about Philippines and Mindoro Biodiversity, how to preserve them, how to integrate this in our lessons. All topics being discussed were significant and fully understood by the participants. Trainors were all knowledgeable with sense of humor. Looking forward for more seminars from you to be updated. Thank you very much, God speed and more power.
– Marvin Pagaling of Poypoy Elemntary School, Calintaan
Okay po ang seminar. Very educational po despite the brownout. First time ko po kasi mag attend ng biodiversity seminar. Enjoyed it po. Thank you.
– Oscar Atienza Jr. of Tuban Elementary School, Sablayan
The MBCFI training was indeed vital not just to take good care of our environment but most importantly on how to preserve its importance for future generations.
– Ma. Lourdes Dumalina of Calintaan National High School
Excellent po! Na-meet naman po lahat ng expectations ko at marami po akong natutunan. Salamat po.
– Romel Sora of Calintaan National High School
Topics were all well-executed. They are really relevant in order for us teachers, to integrate biodiversity in our lessons. The training is very inspiring and self-motivating to do and share something. An eye-opener to all Mindorenos. It is timely- environmental awareness training that is organized and comprehensive.