Personnel of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and its regional offices across the country recently completed several weeks of training on Wildlife Species Identification, Handling and Management Techniques at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna. The training was made possible through the technical assistance of the UPLB Museum of Natural History and the support of the USAID Protect Wildlife project.
The participants applied useful techniques in identifying and handling wild species of amphibians, reptiles and birds, as well as analyzed government policies and programs in conserving and managing wildlife resources and addressing threats to wildlife and biodiversity. The training involved practical field exercises, wherein participants visited the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve to do bird watching; to perform catch-and-release of skinks, frogs, lizards and snakes; and to gather data and take specimen measurements to support proper identification of wildlife species.
The training addressed the need to scale up the expertise of DENR field units, particularly of personnel involved in regulatory, licensing and enforcement duties, in identifying wildlife species. The training also hoped to produce qualified personnel in the regions and provinces who could issue certifications of confiscated wildlife and provide testimony to wildlife crimes prosecution. (Protect Wildlife)