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Mt. Mantalingahan and its various flora and fauna species

Field researchers on USAID's Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL) project spotted a green tree skink during an ecological assessment in Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape (MMPL) in southern Palawan, Philippines. MMPL is a 120,457-hectare protected area that is home to the green tree skink and various other flora and fauna species. Preliminary data from the assessment showed that there were 97 bird species, 24 mammals, 67 reptiles and amphibians, and 290 species of plants identified in the area. However, several human-induced threats such as slash-and-burn farming, timber poaching, and hunting were also prominent in the area. Aside from being home to various species, Mt. Mantalingahan is an important frontier in carbon sequestration through its old-growth forests serving as carbon sinks. USAID is working with local partners in MMPL to update their protected area management plan using the results of the assessment to aid MMPL’s protection, conservation, and sustainable management.

 

Mt. Mantalingahan’s Thriving Biodiversity

Photographer Blue Motus
Copyright © 2023 Blue Motus for USAID

Country Philippines
Topics Biodiversity Conservation

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