It aims 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 at the
recent media launch of the bird fest.
"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 populations
and other wildlife. WBCP to get communities and professional
planners involved in developing ways to help wildlife through
green spaces and nature-friendly property management,"
The First Bird Conservation Forum will also
be held in Palawan prior to the bird fest. It will bring together
bird-watching hobbyists, conservationists, ecotour promoters
and other stakeholders to discuss the status of birds and
how to protect their habitats.
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