A wildlife experts’ team from the UPLB Museum of Natural History attended the Philippine Red List Committee (PRLC) meeting at the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) office in Quezon City last 3 July 2015.

The group, led by Dr. Juan Carlos T Gonzalez, MNH Director and Curator for Birds, also included Dr. Leticia E. Afuang (amphibians and reptiles), James DV. Alvarez (mammals), Jeremy Carlo B. Naredo and David M. General (insects and other invertebrates).

The team were on hand to assist the Bureau in identifying and proposing members to be assigned to technical working groups which will work on the Red List for different taxonomic groups of wildlife as stipulated in the BMB Special Order No. 2015-120.

Dr. Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez serves as the chairperson for birds while Dr. Leticia E. Afuang is the chair for amphibians and reptiles. Dr. Ireneo L. Lit, Jr., who was represented by Jeremy Carlo B. Naredo, is the chairperson for insects and other invertebrates.

The PRLC is a committee created by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and is composed of experts from various fields of biodiversity and conservation. The committee develops the criteria for determining which plant and animal species in the Philippines are under threat and to what respective category (i.e. critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable) they fall under.

With Dr. Perry S. Ong of UP Diliman presiding the meeting, members of the committee and the technical working groups initially discussed and defined the categories for classifying threatened species.

“We have to objectively categorize our species to come up with sound and robust monitoring and regulatory policies,” said Dr. Gonzalez.

The technical working groups are expected to come up with a list of priority species and their corresponding profiles. The committee will hold its 4th meeting and workshop on September 2015 to finalize the Philippine Red List of Species.

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