Several Museum curators and staff recently participated in the 11th meeting of the Philippine Red List Committee (PRLC) for Wild Fauna organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Biodiversity Management Bureau last 1-2 February 2018 in Diliman, Quezon City.

Aside from updating the Philippine Red List of wild fauna during the 2-day workshop, museum curators and staff were able to provide their inputs and recommendations in preparing the final list of invasive alien species (IAS) of terrestrial fauna, actively discuss the list of economically important species (EIS) of fauna, and review the draft administrative orders on the three lists which will be signed by the DENR Secretary.

The Philippine Red List is a classification of species (either Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, and Other Threatened Species) based on the best scientific and internationally accepted criteria and serves as an important guide in r the protection and conservation of Philippine flora and fauna.

It is unlawful for any person, group or entity to collect and/or trade species included in the Red List, unless these are covered by a permit issued by the DENR under a valid tenurial instrument as may be applicable and in accordance with existing wildlife and forestry laws, rules and regulations. On the other hand, the development of the IAS and EIS lists is in accordance to the Wildlife and in compliance with the Philippine’s obligations to international environmental treaties such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna.

The current members of the PRLC and its technical working groups who come from the MNH are Director Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez, Prof. Leticia E. Afuang, Dr. Ireneo L. Lit, Jr. Jeremy Carlo B. Naredo, Dr. Emmanuel Ryan C. de Chavez, David Emmanuel M. General and Dr. Aimee Lynn B. Dupo.


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