The technical working group of Pasonanca Natural Park in Zamboanga City, which is assisted by USAID’s Protect Wildlife project, visited similar terrestrial landscapes in the Davao region to learn good practices in managing protected areas.
The technical working group, along with representatives from the Zamboanga City local government, visited Mount Apo National Park and Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, both of which have similar features and characteristics to that of Pasonanca in terms of landscape and biodiversity. The group also visited the Malagos watershed conservation area locally managed by the Davao City Water District. Pasonanca is also similar to Malagos by how its watershed provides a source of water for a highly urbanized city.
The cross-visit was a good learning experience for the participants to understand how to engage communities, local government units, civil society and other institutions better in conserving Pasonanca Natural Park. In particular, the technical working group gathered useful inputs to enhance its management plan, enforce prescriptions for zoning and land and resource uses, and mobilize private sector investments to support conservation in Pasonanca. (PWP/ Lawrence San Diego)