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North Negros Natural Park

North Negros Natural Park

Address: Negros Occidental

Description: The North Negros Forest Reserve (NNFR) is one of the critical resources of Negros Occidental, as its remaining old-growth rainforest is said to be the last intact watershed in the province. Unabated resource exploitation, especially logging and extraction for charcoal production as well as rattan, ferns, and orchids trade, have posed as primary threats to the local biodiversity.

Status: On-going

Site Profile Summary

Ecosystem Types Forest, Freshwater
Protection Status Forest Reserve by Administrative Act No. 789 on April 1935, and declared a Natural Park by Presidential Proclamation No. 895 on August 15, 2005
Area 80,454.50 hectares (ha)
Bio-geographic Features
  • Montane primary forests, lowland dipterocarp forests, and steep-slope portions covered with grasses, tree-ferns, shrubs
  • It is the largest forested area in Negros Occidental, only 75% is old growth forest, the rest is secondary growth
  • Tinagong-dagat Lake is located inside North Negros Natural Park (NNNP). The NNNP supports the Malogo, Imbang, Himuga-an, and Bago Rivers, and is a source of water for 17 municipalities and cities.
  • It’s a part of a wider array of watersheds which include the Bacolod watershed, Sipalay-Hinobaan, and Mt. Canlaon.
  • The NNNP's remaining old-growth rainforest is said to be the last intact watershed in the province. Decades ago, an entire forest reserve, encompassing an area of 80,454 hectares was a lush tropical forest. Today, only 20% of it remains.
Flora
  • 436 (311 previously recorded, 151 surveyed, 123 newly listed); 70 (16%) endemic, 16 introduced, 65 redlisted (19 critically endangered, 1 endangered)
Fauna
  • A total of 81 species are recorded comprised of 20 species of amphibians and  61 species of reptiles. This list includes 59 endemic herpetofauna, of which 11 species are amphibians and 48 species are reptiles. The high number of species (81) is indicative of high biodiversity in the area as this represents 72.3 % of the total herp fauna of Negros Island, which is 112 species. The amphibians of 20 species constitute 100% of the total Negros species while the reptile species of 61, represents 66.3 % of the total Negros fauna of 92 reptilian species
  • Classified as an Important Bird Area of the Negros-Panay Faunal Region, particularly Mt. Silay and Mt. Magdalangan. 53% of the total bird species recorded in Negros have been reported in the reserve, including the Philippine cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia).  Other notable species include the White-winged Cuckoo-shrike (Coricina ostenta), Visayan Flowerpecker (Dicaeum haematosticum), and the Visayan Warty Pig (Sus cebifrons)

Geopolitical Situation

Threats

  • Increased logging since 1960, when infrastructure developments improved access to the forest resources; Food industry is also a key driver of heavy logging practices.
  • Forest conversion to sugarcane plantation
  • Rampant extraction of other forest resources such as rattan, ferns, and orchids
  • Small-scale swidden farming (kaingin)
  • Hunting of bird species for game. An estimated 840 birds per week were killed within a 600-hectare hunting ground in the late 1990s/early 2000s.

FPE-funded Projects and Initiatives

Date

 

Project

 

Grant Type / Support

 

Proponent

 

2012

 

Integrated Area Conservation and Resource Enhancement: I-CARE (Year 4)

 

Sites / Large Grant / PhP 1,562,400

 

Third District Development Alliance Of Resource Managers, Inc. (TDDARMI)

 

2009

 

Integrated Area Conservation and Resource Enhancement (ICARE) for North Negros Natural Park

 

Sites / Large Grant / PhP 1,221,600

 

Third District Alliance Of Resource Managers, Inc. (TDDARMI)

 

2007

 

North Negros Natural Park 3-Dimensional Topographic Map

 

Sites / Small Grant / PhP 150,000

 

Negros Forest Ecological Foundation

 

2007

 

Integrated Area Conservation and Resource Enhancement (ICARE) for North Negros Natural Park

 

Sites / Large Grant / PhP 1,376,900

 

Multi-Sectoral Alliance for Development, Inc. and Third District Alliance Of Resource Managers, Inc.

 

2007

 

A Shift Towards Area Specific Intervention Through Strategic Planning for The FPE Priority Site In North Negros Forest Reserve

 

Sites / Medium Grant / PhP 250,000

 

FPE

 

2006

 

North Negros Community-Based Biodiversity Conservation Project

 

Sites / Medium Grant / PhP 255,500

 

Multi-Sectoral Alliance for Development-Negros

 

2006

 

North Negros Natural Park Community-Based Biodiversity Conservation

 

Sites / Large Grant / PhP 1,244,735

 

Multi-Sectoral Alliance for Development-Negros

 

2005

 

North Negros Forest Reserve Community-Based Conservation Project (Year III)

 

Sites / Large Grant / PhP 1,112,335

 

Multi-Sectoral Alliance for Development-Negros

 

2004

 

North Negros Forest Reserve Community-Based Conservation Project (Year II)

 

Sites / Large Grant / PhP 1,112,635

 

Multi-Sectoral Alliance for Development-Negros

 

2003

 

North Negros Forest Reserve Community-Based Conservation Project

 

Sites / Large Grant / PhP 1,104,405

 

Multi-Sectoral Alliance for Development-Negros

 

2001

 

North Negros Forest Reserve Community-Based Conservation Project

 

Sites / Large Grant / PhP 1,445,802

 

Multi-Sectoral Alliance for Development - Negros

 

2000

 

North Negros Mountain Range Rapid Site Assessment

 

Research / Medium Grant / PhP 249,500

 

University of St. La Salle, Bacolod

Key Outcomes

Biogeographic assessment and socio-economic profiling in the site conducted to provide baseline data for subsequent conservation initiatives.
  • , with the support of provincial and municipal LGUs and the DENR.

  • Training and deputization of local community members to serve the important Bantay Gubat Information, education, and advocacy for natural resource conservation.

  • Development of livestock-based enterprises to provide alternative livelihood resources that will lessen the pressure on forest products.


 

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