In Puerto Princesa City, around 30 partners of the USAID Protect Wildlife project learned about the value and uses of Wildlife Insights—an innovative new platform that combines field and sensor expertise, cutting-edge technology, and advanced analytics to enable people everywhere to share wildlife data and better manage wildlife populations.
Most protected areas in the Philippines currently do not have standardized systems in place to monitor changes in wildlife populations, making it difficult to assess the effectiveness of conservation interventions. Using Wildlife Insights, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and local government units can do site-relevant analyses based on needs.
The project proposed to help the Palawan Council of Sustainable Development (PCSD), DENR, and the city government of Puerto Princesa use camera traps to design and establish a pilot wildlife monitoring system in three protected areas in Palawan: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area, and Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape.
Wildlife Insights uses standardized and repeated camera trap deployments to assess species populations as indicators of conservation effectiveness. (PWP/ Meg Yandoc)