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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 23, 2012


IPs help ESI researchers in mapping tarsier habitat

by Pops Gumana-Fruylan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) -– The indigenous people (IP) living within the Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL) recently extended assistance to the researchers of the Endangered Species International (ESI) in mapping the areas, believed to be the habitats of tarsiers in Tupi, South Cotabato.

Using the traditional manila paper and pentel pen, IPs from the B’laan tribe together with representatives from the Provincial Environment and Management Office (PEMO) drawn an alternative map using the Community Based Resource Assessment and Mapping (CBRAM).

The alternative map contains legends of valuable information such as boundaries, owners, plants, species, and structures in support of the ongoing study and exploration of the ESI to protect the endangered primate in the municipality.

Forester Jane Manlisis, Chief of PEMO-South Cotabato underscored the importance of CBRAM to identify local assets, resources, and activities as well as gaps, barriers, or emerging needs in the area of study.

“CBRAM is very important in planning for the sustainable development of the proposed tarsier habitat; through community participation we would be able to identify all resources, land uses and the issues in the area,” the municipal government of Tupi quoted Manlisis as saying.

Earlier this year, the ESI trained Matutum B’laans on sustainable, ecologically friendly farming.

Local and foreign experts from the ESI brought the participants to a 36-hectare model farm, managed by the Brightening Life Training Center (BLTC) which is advocating organic farming technology, and sustainable diversified farming.

ESI president, Dr. Pierre Fidenci explained that the training of residents inside MMPL is necessary to ensure sustainable farming practices to complement with the efforts of protecting tarsier habitat in Mt. Matutum.

ESI is an international conservation group that is committed on reversing human induced species extinction around the world. (PGFruylan/PIA-Gensan)

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