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RPís bird festival focuses on habitat protection PDF Print E-mail

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Sept. 11 (PNA) -- The 2008 Philippine Bird Festival "Aba, Kakaiba!" will be held here from Sept. 12 to 13, 2008 to raise awareness of the diverse birdlife in Palawan and local efforts to protect the forests, wetlands and coastal habitats in the province.

"Of all the packages we've introduced this year, birdwatching is the most challenging and exciting. It will open up unestablished destinations in the Philippines to the world," Tourism Secretary Ace Durano said in a statement in relation to holding of the bird’s festival.

Together with the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP), which has been at the forefront in instilling environmental awareness through birdwatching, the DOT also help promote the activity to both local and foreign travelers.

Durano said that birdwatching holds much promise not only as an ecotourism activity, but to also help open the world of birdwatching to our countrymen and to explore the beauty and environmental roles of our wildlife.

"We hope to get people excited about nature and conservation through recreational bird watching and bird photography," said Michael Lu, president of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP), which initiated the first bird festival in 2004.

”Habitats loss from ill-planned development and urban pressure is the greatest threat to bird population and other wildlife. WBCP will get communities and professional planners involved in developing ways to help wildlife through green spaces and nature-friendly property management," Lu said.

The festival will bring together more than 200 participants which include bird-watching hobbyists, conservationists, ecotour promoters and other stakeholders in the country to discuss the status of birds and how to protect their habitats. (PNA)

 
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