The management council of Bud Bongao—the highest peak in the Philippines’ southernmost province of Tawi-Tawi—and other stakeholders conducted a workshop aimed to improve the management of this local conservation area.
Protect Wildlife project hosted the workshop, providing a setting for participants to identify aspects of the Bud Bongao Management Plan that need updating, refocusing and strengthening, as well as organizational and policy support required to roll out the improved management plan. The Protect Wildlife team would assist the management council in enhancing its investment program to help sustain the emerging ecotourism in Bud Bongao.
The first locally managed conservation area in the Philippines’ autonomous Muslim region, Bud Bongao is a priority site for Protect Wildlife because of its environmental and cultural importance in Tawi-Tawi. The review and updating of the Bud Bongao Management Plan is part of USAID’s assistance to the management council in boosting their competencies in conservation planning, policy and law enforcement for Bud Bongao. (PWP/ Lawrence San Diego)