Davao hosted 10th symposium on Asian raptor conservation
DAVAO CITY, Philippines --- The Philippines, through the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) hosted this year’s Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network (ARRCN) International Symposium for the first time, together with the City Government of Davao, Department of Tourism – Tourism Promotions Board, Ateneo de Davao University, and Raptorwatch Network Philippines on October 19, 2017 Thursday, at the Ateneo de Davao University. This year’s theme, “Renewing People-Raptor Ties through Community-based Initiatives”, aims to determine the link between raptor and local communities for people to encourage appreciation and protection of raptor species.
With PEF at the helm, this year’s ARRCN symposium aims to stir involvement among students and conservationists in the country through various raptor studies.
Every two years, raptor researchers, birders, enthusiasts, and students around Asia gather for the ARRCN symposium to exchange knowledge on raptor conservation.
This symposium brought in delegates from the 30 ARRCN member countries such as Japan, India, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore.
Photo op with ARRCN Members
PEF Conservation Administrator, Rai Gomez said the event is a rare opportunity to learn more about raptor conservation especially for would be researchers.
“This is a venue where students could learn how these researchers conduct raptor research and raptor monitoring in their respective countries. Because right now there are only a few people who are actually conducting these types of researches [in our country],” she added.
ARRCN President, Toru Yamazaki, expressed his gratitude to the organizing committee of this year's symposium who made everything possible and successful.
"The symposium's aim is to exchange knowledge with other researchers across Asia. Thank you so much to the Philippine Eagle Foundation and to the co-organizers for this year's success," Yamazaki added.
The 11th ARRCN Symposium will be held in Bali, Indonesia.
Delegates documenting their visit at the Philippine Eagle Center.
Turnover Ceremony - Philippines to Indonesia
From L to R: Dennis Salvador, PEF Executive Director; Toru YAMAZAKI, ARRCN President; Indonesian delegates together with Consul Endah Yuliarti of the Consulate Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Davao City
The country’s very own Philippine Eagle is only one of the country’s thriving 30 raptor species. As such, the Philippines is considered as an important breeding ground for resident raptors and an important migratory route for other raptors.
The Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network (ARRCN) is composed of 232 individual members from 30 member countries in the world. In December 1998, the first symposium of the "Asian Raptor Research and Conservation (ARRC)" was held in Shiga Prefecture, Japan with the participation of raptor researchers and conservationists throughout Asia. At the symposium, the "Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network" was established.
The Philippine Eagle Foundation is home to 35 Philippine eagles and other endemic species. The Foundation started operating as a private non-profit organization on February 1987, after having ceased receiving support from the government. In 1992, the Foundation successfully produced the first two Philippine Eagles bred and hatched in captivity – Pag-asa (Hope) and Pagkakaisa (Unity). Up to this date, the PEF firmly believes that the fate of our vanishing Philippine Eagle, the health of our environment, and the quality of Philippine life are inextricably linked. We are therefore committed to promote the survival of the Philippine Eagle, the biodiversity it represents, and the sustainable use of our forest resources for future generations to enjoy.