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Germany, 11.th September 2020

Our beloved Professor E. Curio died

The Philippine Initiative for Environmental Conservation (PhilinCon) team and the civil society community in the Philippines and Germany mourn the passing of Prof. Dr. Eberhard Curio on 11 September 2020 in Bochum, Germany.

Prof. Curio has spent most of his life conducting biological research work in Southern Macedonia (1958), Spain (1960), Galapagos (1962-1963), Jamaica (1969), Panama (1979), Tonga (1990), Fiji (1990-1991), and in the Philippines where he conducted the remainder of his scientific work starting in 1993.

He taught at Ruhr University Bochum (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) in Germany and became a visiting professor at the University of the Philippines. Prof. Curio has been instrumental in pioneering conservation work and research in the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park for more than 20 years.

His work resulted in the protection of several endangered species such as the Walden’s Hornbill (Rhabdotorrhinus waldeni) and the discovery of the Panay Monitor Lizard (Varanus mabitang) in cooperation with herpotologist Dr. Maren Gaulke and Filipino co-worker, N. Paulino and of several new species of flora and fauna in Panay Island, Philippines. He is credited in more than 90 scientific publications.

He was the Founder, Scientific Adviser, and President of PhilinCon, which started as the Philippine Endemic Species Conservation Project (PESCP) in 1995 with support from the Frankfurt Zoological Society. The creation of PESCP laid down the work to preserve the remaining lowland rainforests in the Visayas region.

Since 1998, he was a member of the IUCN Survival Service Commission and its Re-introduction Specialist Group. In May 2003, the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, United Kingdom awarded him the title “Scientist of the Year”. The same organization awarded him “International Educator of the Year Award”.

Around the same year, he was declared an “adopted son” of Brgy. Centro Norte, Pandan, Antique through a resolution.

He is best remembered as a dear colleague, a friend of the people of Pandan, Antique, and a person with a firm belief in the preservation of our natural heritage.

We will forever remember the legacy of Prof. Curio and will continue to pursue the work that he started for the future of our last natural frontiers and for the future generations to come.

Statement Released: 18 September 2020

Until now, October 15th, this sad message reached via facebook 39.700 people, and was shared 187 and more times. He died after issues with strote and stroke medication and lung infection.

Thank you very much – Prof. Curio, for everything you have done for nature.

Philippines, September 2020

Second Corona-fundraiser: rainforest from increased burnings and poaching!

We created a second fundraiser campaign to protect the wildlife and rainforest. This campaign is still on-going, until November and we want your help.

We need your help! Please support our rangers patrolling the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park on Panay Island! The poaching and burning of rainforest increased drastically due to Corona and its consequences in the Philippines, and is very high now! At the moment the rangers are only being paid a little (only the wages of 6 of the 16 rangers) by our Partner Bristol Zoo. Please help us pay their wages & allowances, so they can do their job: please pay for food and fuel, so the rangers can patrol more than once a week and destroy the traps of poachers. You can decide how many times the rangers can patrol the  forest.

We are also looking for longterm partners, paying the rangers for some months- if you know any potential partners – we would be very greatful!

https://www.startnext.com/regenwald-retten #stopppoaching #giveus20 #helpourrangers 

Donate on our website via paypal, creditcard & transaction or on StartNext via creditcard and other payments.

Germany, Bochum, july 2020

Newspaper Rubin

After studying biology, Christian Schwarz began research in the Philippines. He has remained attached to the country until today: He works as a project manager for the nature conservation organization Philincon.

Full Article in german and Copyright RUB: https://news.rub.de/leute/2020-07-29-interview-das-thema-ist-mir-ans-herz-gewachsen

The Aga toad was introduced in many parts of the world as a pest exterminator. Now it does its own damage.

Full Article in german: https://news.rub.de/wissenschaft/2020-07-29-philippinen-kroetenalarm-im-regenwald

Philippines, March 2020

our rangers

Corona-fundraiser: protect Wildlife from increased poaching!

We created a fundraiser campaign to protect the wildlife. We collected 321€ which funded the needed ranger operations and some ranger-equipment.

“We need your help! Please support our rangers patrolling the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park on Panay Island! The poaching increased drastically due to Corona / Covid-19 in the Philippines, and is higher than never before! Please help us pay their allowances, so they can do their job: please pay for food and fuel, so the rangers can patrol more than once a week and destroy the traps of poachers.

If just 100 People give us 10€ we will be able to finance a patrol every 3-4 days and new, urgendly needed boots and backpacks. Donate on our website via paypal & transaction

German: https://www.startnext.com/regenwald-ranger

English: https://www.startnext.com/en/regenwald-ranger

Philippines, 29. February 2020

New Colleague

We are happy to welcome our new employee for internal communication and education:  Javie Barcinal. He is a founder of the NGO Dulungan Youth, a journalist, and photographer. 

We are always looking for volunteers from around the world. Please send us an email to philincon@gmail.com or sofia.philincon@gmail.com

Profile Picture of Jann Vinze Barcinal

Philippines, 24. December 2019

Typhoon Ursula: 24.12.19

 

A typhoon has made landfall over the Philippines at Christmas. Especially affected was the island of Panay, where PhilinCon’s employees live. Luckily, none of them got injured, but the typhoon caused significant destruction, which is now being removed by our Forest Rangers.

Germany, 16. Oktober. 2019

Photo by RUB, Marquard

Loren Legarda: guest at the Ruhr-University Bochum

A Philippine delegation led by Senator Loren Legarda, Vice-speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives, visited the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) on 15 October 2019. After a talk given by Senator Legarda, the RUB and the delegation signed a mutual agreement to promote exchange in teaching and research.

Official press release (only in German):

https://news.rub.de/hochschulpolitik/2019-10-16-internationales-grundstein-fuer-zukuenftige-kooperationen-mit-den-philippinen-gelegt

Germany, 14. Oktober. 2019

Article about Helga Schulze and her commitment to PhilinCon

Helga Schulze was a scientific illustrator at the Ruhr-University Bochum, runs a wildlife sanctuary for Loris (nocturnal primates), and has been committed to the preservation of the Philippine rainforest for over 20 years. An article about her work as a scientific illustrator and ongoing work for PhilinCon can be found here (only in German):

https://news.rub.de/leute/2019-10-14-biologie-ein-leben-fuer-das-zeichnen-und-den-artenschutz

Photo by RUB, Kramer

Philippines, 16. Oktober 2019

Installation of billbords of the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park

With the help of PhilinCon, billboards about the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park were installed at Malumpati Cold Spring in Pandan, Philippines. 

Many thanks to Helga Schulze for the design and illustration.

Also, special thanks to Pandan’s Mayor John Sanchez, Bong Venus for approving the location and to Pandan MPS headed by Bryan Alamo for the transportation.

Philippines, 29. September 2019

Tree planting at Mangrove Reforestation Area

In a day event members of PhilinCon joined the tree planting at the Mangrove reforestation area. Other participants of this event included the CSO, DENR, FPO, Mag-aba High School, PNVHS, Sanggunuang Kabataan, and Mulumpati Eco group.

Germany, 11. April 2019

Beauties of the Rainforest

Article of Ruhr-University Bochum

As inhabitant of the rainforest this tree frog needs a high percipitation rate and an intact ecosystem.

Official press release (only in German):

 

Germany, 08. August 2018

Students of Ruhr-Universität Bochum support the organization PhilinCon

Student volunteers from PhilinCon, located at the Ruhr-University Bochum, are looking for donors to protect the rainforests and animals in the Philippines. 

Official press release (only in German):

Photo by WAZ, Barbara Zapka

Philippines, Boracay, 1. October 2012

DENR & PhilinCon confiscate Hornbill

Caged in a mini zoo as tourist attraction, a resort owner on Boracay, surrendered the bird after weeks of negotiation.

The colorful Writhed-Billed Hornbill (or Walden Hornbill) has been considered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is listed as critically endangered. It is already considered extinct in the island provinces of Negros while it is believed that only few remains in Panay Island.

 

Official press release & Copyright:

Philippines, Sibaliw Station, 2007

Movie about the Hornbills

Survival has become difficult for the dulungan, as the indigenous people call the hornbill.
 
Problem
Its habitat now consists of only a few meagre remnants of the rainforest, which on the Philippine island of Panay has been sadly reduced due to slash-and-burn and the selling of timber.
The trunks of the giant trees serve the dulungans as nest cavities, the fruits of the trees are their nutrition. On their flights they spread the seeds of these fruits on fallow fields and thus support rejuvenation of the forest.
 
Plundered
But the nest holes are plundered by poachers and the birds’ flesh – that is made into finger food and regarded as a luxury snack – fetches a high price. Thus the number of dulungans is decimated by half each year.
 
Protection
Fortunately nature conservationists in Germany have developed a concept with which the former hunters are to become keepers. When former nest poachers watch the nest holes so that the hornbills can hatch in peace and rear their young, and the efforts to found national parks are still being supported, then hope remains that one of the last intact forest regions of the Philippines is not yet lost – and that the complex work of the nature conservationists, a collaboration of development aid and protection of the species, will prevail.
 

Official press release in german: https://www.br.de/br-fernsehen/sendungen/welt-der-tiere/nashornvogel-phillipinen-100.html

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Germany, Bochum, 21. September 2001

Prof. Curio is awarded with the EU Biodiversity Chair

Since 1993 Prof. Curio was doing research in the Philippines: the Biodiversity is per sqaure metre the highest throughout the whole world but at the same time the most thretened.

Official press release in german: