But more funding is needed
Visayan Bleeding Heart Pigeon, one of
the most critically endangered animals
The Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation (NFEFI), which has worked
tirelessly for 25 years to protect and conserve the environment and wildlife of
Negros, is calling for more funds to continue its vital work.
"It's an uphill battle", said NFEFI president Paul Lizares. "Despite new laws
and the work of our group, the environment is still getting a raw deal from many
inhabitants with continued illegal logging, poaching, selling of endangered
species and many other 'crimes' against nature.
"We are in danger of running out of time. If future generations are to enjoy
their birthright of a beautiful environment we must all pull together and act
before it's too late".
NFEFI projects are mainly managed by volunteers. Over the years these
volunteers have worked to reforest hundreds of hectares especially in the
all-important Upper Calimban-Imbang watershed, which provides clean drinking
water to Bacolod.
NFEFI has also established one of the country's leading conservation breeding
centers. Housed by the Provincial Lagoon in Bacolod City, the center is home to
some 120 endangered animals and birds.