MOUNT HAMIGUITAN RANGE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY – NOMINATED FOR INCLUSION ON THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST OF UNESCO
The Province of Davao Oriental submitted the Draft Nomination Dossier of Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, to World Heritage Center on September 29, 2011 for initial review and on the first quarter of CY 2012, the dossier was endorsed to International Union Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The nomination was due to its unique bonsai field or ‘pygmy’ forest of 100-year old trees in an ultramafic soil. Mt. Hamiguitan has been found to have five (5) vegetation types and these are the agroecosystem, dipterocarp, montane and typical mossy and the mossy-pygmy forest. This serially nominated property is found to possess high and varied ecosystem with many endangered, endemic and rare species of flora and fauna. One of the endangered bird species located is the majestic Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi). The protection and conservation have to be in place.
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