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Biodiversity

Why are We Losing Species?

Posted on February 18, 2014

Extinction is part of the natural evolutionary process. Various species of plants and animals eventually die out (succumb to extinction) over time. However, loss of biodiversity in the modern world has become significantly influenced by factors such as habitat destruction, exploitation, and climate change, all of which have become heavily human-influenced.

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What is Biodiversity?

Posted on February 17, 2014

Emerging back in the late 1950s, the concept of ‘biodiversity’ gained momentum three decades later through the publication of Edward O. Wilson’s book entitled “Biodiversity” (1988). It was a work that called the world’s attention and awareness on rapid and imminent loss of various species across the world.

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The Philippine Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs)

Posted on February 18, 2014

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (formerly the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau), teaming up with Conservation International Philippines (CI Philippines) and the Haribon Foundation, delineated terrestrial Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in the Philippines in a 2006 publication entitled, “Priority Sites for Conservation in the Philippines: Key Biodiversity Areas.”

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The Lay of the Land: Ecosystem Diversity in the Philippines

Posted on February 17, 2014

Viewing biodiversity at the ecosystem level is a holistic way of appreciating and analyzing the natural richness of the Philippines, taking in consideration the dynamic ecological functions and interactions of both the living and the non-living parts of the biosphere within a given location, as well as the impacts of natural phenomena and human-caused environmental changes upon them.

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The Biogeographic Regions of the Philippines

Posted on February 18, 2014

In 2002, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (then known as the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau), Conservation International Philippines (CI Philippines), and the Biodiversity Conservation Program of the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (BCP-UPCIDS), with support from the FPE as well as other partners and donors convened the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Priority-setting Program (PBCPP). A gathering of 300 scientific experts and local policy-makers in the environmental sector, the convention produced five key outputs, published in the group’s Final Report entitled Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Priorities.

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Philippine Species: A Unique and Distinct Multitude

Posted on February 18, 2014

To illustrate the extent of species biodiversity, rate of endemism, and approximate number of threatened species in the Philippines (at least as far as taxonomically described species are concerned), below is an overview of the vertebrate animal species based on the most recent data published by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (formerly the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau).

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Life All Around: The Distribution of Biodiversity

Posted on February 17, 2014

Because of various influential factors such as topography, climate and access to sunlight, and evolutionary processes throughout the ages, biodiversity is not equally distributed across the world. There are regions of the earth that are able to support countless life forms, while there also are places that are nearly uninhabitable.

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Hub of Life: Species Diversity in the Philippines

Posted on February 18, 2014

Owing to its richly varied geographic features and favorable location in the tropics, the Philippines has been able to evolve and support generous numbers of plant and animal species throughout time.

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How Endemism Happens

Posted on February 18, 2014

When an animal or plant species is said to be endemic to a certain location, it means that the said species is unique to that place, appearing nowhere else on the planet. Geographic isolation is a primary cause for species endemism.

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Hit List: Philippine Biodiversity Icons at Risk

Posted on February 18, 2014

In a country that is teeming with life and yet ironically teetering at the brink of widespread species loss, it comes as no surprise to see that some of its most notable and iconic endemic species are also among the most threatened.

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