The Museum of Natural History served as the partner of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) in a learning event held last 20-24 November 2017 in Alaminos City and Mabini, Pangasinan.

The partnership enabled the fruitful conduct of the Learning Event on Cave Biodiversity Assessment for 29 DENR field officers coming from various regions of Luzon. The participants were from DENR Regional Offices 1, 2, CAR, 3, 4A, 4B, 5, and NCR; Palawan Council for Sustainable Development; and the BMB Central Office.

While Alaminos City was the venue for the lecture component of the training, two caves in Mabini, Pangasinan, namely; Sto. Rosario Cave and Cabalyorisa Cave served as the sites for hands-on exercises.

According to Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez, Director of the Museum, "the training aimed to enhance the appreciation and capability of DENR personnel in the biodiversity assessment and classification of caves and cave resources."

During the 5-day training, the participants were able to apply different methods of surveying the diversity of organisms found inside the caves, namely the arthropods, microbes, and vertebrates (bats, birds, reptiles, and amphibians) and outside caves (flora). Based on the obtained information, the participants were able to recommend management plans for the two caves after data processing and workshops.

The participants cited that the training will enhance and improve their skills in the conduct of cave surveying and mapping and biodiversity assessment which will aid in the classification of caves within their jurisdiction.


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