29 Feb

Press Release Asia Pasific Forestry Week (APFW) 2016 in Philippines Part III

Day 4 – Module 1 Field Trip: Eco-Tourism and Biodiversity Module

There is no lecture class today, but it is more fun than learning only in the classroom. The field trip was separated into 3 destinations. Andre was going to module 2 and Michael was going to module 1. Here many informations what we found in module 1.

Subic, Zambales, Phillipines has ever been occupied by U.S armies since world war II, now the government give a opportunity to developer to develop commercial centers and the busiest port in Phillipines. Sometimes we found many abandoned bases of U.S armies and can be seen in somewhere in the road. The trip takes about 3 hours from Fontana Convention Center (Clark) to direct places. There are 3 main places we would like to visit here: bats conservation site, mangrove conservation site, and the bird park.

 

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Instead occupying the land, the U.S also created some conservation area by separating the wildlife and human interaction. For example, they creating some irrigation between the forest and road for conservation purposes, so human cannot enter to the forest. The bat conservation site is the one of the successfull of U.S conservation in Zambales. Until today, we still available to see bats sleeping in the tree from the road. The bat has a unique behaviour among their group, the older bat will sleeping in the top of trunks but the younger will sleeping in bottom of them. More older, more higher they able to sleep in in trunk. They also recognized as the second largest bat in the world after Batman (lol).

 

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After we disturbed bats from sleeping. We came to Triboa Bay Mangrove Park, a mangrove rehabilitation site which opened only special for APFW 2016 participants after 2 years later. However, the mangrove rehabilitation is not larger than we found in Indonesia and most of mangroves we found still in seedlings. What we know about the place is still under research. Mangroves type in here is dominated by Rhizopora sp. and Avicena sp. From mangrove rehabillitation centre we can see a beautifull sea and mountain which that around the site has ever built some villas for presidents (but it was abandoned nowadays).

 

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Furthermore, we visit JEST (Jungle Environment Survival Training) Camp to learn about forest survival that was taught by indigenous people.

Most staff in here are indigeneous people working all of time. What we found in here was their tribe is really depend with the existence of bamboos. Here we learn how to making fire, spoon, rice-cooker, and how to find water in forest. This is quite interesting because they promote their local wisdom as part of the show which rarely we ever seen in Indonesia (we have to found it by ourself). After lunch, we attended to their interesting bird show and continued our field trip to their natural forest.

The field trip was ended until 5PM. No dinner was given today.

Delegation APFW 2016

Andreas Ade Kristian & Michael Jose Mairing

 

 

 

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