Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park

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Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park
Unidos Landscape.jpg
Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park as seen from Unidos in Nabas
Map showing the location of Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park
Map showing the location of Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park
Location in the Philippines
LocationAklan and Antique, Philippines
Nearest cityRoxas
Coordinates11°49′25″N 121°59′55″E / 11.82361°N 121.99861°E / 11.82361; 121.99861Coordinates: 11°49′25″N 121°59′55″E / 11.82361°N 121.99861°E / 11.82361; 121.99861
Area12,009.29 hectares (29,675.6 acres)
EstablishedApril 18, 2002
Governing bodyDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources

The Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park is located on the island of Panay, in the provinces of Aklan and Antique of the Philippines which was proclaimed a natural park by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on 18 April 2002 (Presidential Proclamation No. 186, 2002). The Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park has an area of 120.09 km2, found within the municipalities of Nabas, Malay, Buruanga, Libertad and Pandan.[1]

Watershed area[edit]

The Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park is also an important watershed. The forest of the Natural Park channels the water from the rains into a system of springs and rivers that provide water for over 100,000 inhabitants. The water for Boracay Island and the hundreds of thousands of tourists that visit there every year is also provided by the Northwest Panay watershed.

Protection activities[edit]

As this area is considered highly important, the Northwest Panay Biodiversity Management Council (NPBMC) was formed in 1999 to protect it. The NPBMC is made up of the local government units of Northwest Panay, Non-governmental organizations like BioCon, and National and Local Government Agencies like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).[2]

In March 2016, the German government has provided 4 million Euro (Php200-million) grant for a forest protection project.[3]

Flora and Fauna[edit]

The site is home to a wide range of flora and fauna of the Western Visayas.[4]

Name Description
A small wild cat native to continental South, Southeast and East Asia
A critically endangered species in the pig genus
Also known as the Philippine spotted deer, is a nocturnal and endangered species of deer located primarily in the rainforests of the Visayan islands of Panay and Negros though it once roamed other islands such as Cebu, Guimaras, Leyte, Masbate, and Samar
A species of pigeon endemic to the Philippines where it is found on the islands of Negros and Panay
Also known as the blue-crowned green parrot, Luzon parrot, the Philippine green parrot, and locally known as pikoy, is a parrot found throughout the Philippines.
A hornbill found in rainforests on the islands of Panay, Negros, Masbate, and Guimaras, and formerly Ticao, in the Philippines.
Locally called dulungan, also known as the Visayan wrinkled hornbill, rufous-headed hornbill or writhed-billed hornbill, is a critically endangered species of hornbill living in the rainforests on the islands of Negros and Panay in the Philippines.
An endangered monitor lizard native to Panay Island in the Philippines. Unlike most monitors, it is a specialized frugivore.
A species of bat in the family Pteropodidae. It is found in Indonesia and the Philippines.

Peaks[edit]

List of peaks in Northwest Panay Mountain Range by elevation.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Proclamation No. 186".
  2. ^ "PanayCon - Our research site, project history and coworkers".
  3. ^ Galvez, J.K. (March 19, 2016). "PH, Germany link to protect Panay forests". The Manila Times. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  4. ^ "PanayCon - Rare, endemic and newly discovered species of Panay".

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