Cleopatras Needle Guardians

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Members of the Batak people are working with local associations to protect the Cleopatra's Needle Forest Reserve in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The Reserve will encompass between 40,000 and 50,000 hectares of primary forest and a management plan for the area will be informed by upcoming comprehensive biodiversity surveys to ensure the survival of myriad endemic species.

Cleopatras Needle Forest Batak News

  • National Geographic Funds Training Expedition For Cleopatras Needle Enforcers

    National Geographic Funds Training Expedition For Cleopatras Needle Enforcers

    The National Geographic Society (NGS) USA is funding a nine-day scientific field training expedition for 17 indigenous and lowlander community enforcers to study endangered and endemic plant and animal species in the deepest areas of the 41,350-hectare Cleopatra's Needle critical habitat in Puerto Princesa City.

    Cleopatra's Needle, the Philippines biggest declared critical habitat by sevenfold since 2017, is home to countless undiscovered flora and fauna and home to the indigenous lands of the disappearing Batak tribe.

    Karina May Reyes-Antonio, co-executive director and co-founder of the ...

  • Palawan Island Batak Isolated Tribe In The Forest

    Palawan is the island of nice Batak indigenous people. I gave up the seductive wonderful blu sea to reach the impenetrable forest of north Palawan, where an ancient people live. The Batak is one of the indigenous people of Palawan. Since ancient time they have inhabited a series of river valleys along the 50 kilometers stretch of coastline Northeast of what is today Puerto Princesa City. They are considered to be of negrito stock.

    Their physical attribute shows short structure, dark skin and curly hair, that earned these distinctive looking people their name. They build everything with ...

  • Wildlife Enforcement Volunteers To Patrol Cleopatras Needle

    Wildlife Enforcement Volunteers To Patrol Cleopatras Needle

    Twelve volunteers from the indigenous group Batak are now patrolling Mt. Cleopatra's Needle, a newly-declared critical habitat in Puerto Princesa City.

    This as the Wildlife Enforcement Volunteers program of the Centre for Sustainability (CS) was launched on February 13 at Sitio Tagnaya, Barangay Concepcion, Puerto Princesa City.

    Said event was attended by the different government partner agencies, such as the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff, City Environment Natural Resources Office, and Provincial ENRO ??" Community ENRO Puerto Princesa.

    Prior to the launching cerem ...

  • Mga Likas Na Yaman Tradisyon Ng Palawan

    Mga Likas Na Yaman Tradisyon Ng Palawan

    Tampok sa mga kuha ng isang amateur photographer ang ganda ng kalikasan ng Palawan.

    Ilan sa mga kinuhaan ng Palaweñong si John Yayen ang Mt. Mantalingahan, na isa sa mga protected areas sa bansa; ang Malampaya Sound na isang mayamang fishing ground; ang Honda Bay na paboritong pasyalan ng mga turista; ang Mt. Saint Paul kung nasaan ang sikat na World Heritage Site na Underground River, at marami pang iba.

    Isang negosyante si Yayen at nahilig lang sa potograpiya noong 2013.

    Nagalugad na niya ang mga bayan sa Palawan para lamang makakuha ng magagandang litrato.

    "Primary purpose tala ...

  • Saving Cleopatra Palawan Mountain Competing For European Funding

    Saving Cleopatra Palawan Mountain Competing For European Funding

    Cleopatra's Needle is the city's tallest mountain with more than 40,000 hectares considered a critical habitat for different flora and fauna.

    It is also one of the candidates for funding from the European Outdoor Conservation Association.

    The Centre for Sustainability, a non-government organization, has applied for a P1.3-million rehabilitation project for Cleopatra's Needle.

    The project includes the restoration of trails, habitat and education.

    "This will enhance visitors' experience and also strengthen the livelihood opportunities for the community and, most importantly, this wil ...

  • The Philippines Declares More Than 100,000 Acres As Critical Habitat

    The Philippines Declares More Than 100,000 Acres As Critical Habitat

    In November last year, the Philippines declared its largest critical habitat yet.

    Located in the long, narrow Philippine island of Palawan, the new Cleopatra's Needle Critical Habitat (CNCH) is spread across 41,350 hectares (more than 100,000 acres). The second largest critical habitat, Carmen Critical Habitat for Marine Turtles, spans nearly 6,000 hectares.

    Critical habitats ??" portions of land outside protected areas that have known habitats of threatened or endemic species ??" are usually small, focusing on one or a few species. For example, the critical habitat declared for the ende ...