As the yearlong USAID-assisted Philippine pangolin study in Palawan culminated, the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) and partners, USAID’s Protect Wildlife project and Katala Foundation returned to the municipalities and communities that participated in the study to report on the research results specific to their areas.
Local officials and community leaders received copies of the study results, as well as visual presentation aids, to help further disseminate important findings and recommendations of the pangolin study. In communities where there were ongoing council sessions, the Protect Wildlife project and Katala Foundation team presented and discussed the study results and gathered feedback from local stakeholders.
Motivated by the findings and recommendations, most communities eagerly expressed their commitment to take action in protecting pangolins and their habitats in areas on their watch.
In Narra, a community council plannned to pass a resolution to protect their local watershed. In another community, a local leader committed to work with authorities to address destructive activities in their forest that were documented by the pangolin study.
In Quezon, members of a community council agreed to explore ways to boost forest and wildlife protection in their area.
In Puerto Princesa City, a community leader encouraged Katala Foundation to conduct further pangolin studies in their area, while in another community, indigenous leaders planned to use the study results as input to the management plan for their ancestral domain.
To help these communities garner support for their conservation initiatives, Protect Wildlife provided them with campaign materials with messages that inspire positive behaviors and actions of local constituents to protect pangolins and their forest habitats in Palawan. These materials were also provided to PCSD, which can build upon the pangolin conservation campaign and use it for continuous engagement with communities. (Protect Wildlife Project)