Aboitiz Cleanergy Park in Davao now an emerging pawikan and bird sanctuary
July 26, 2016
The Aboitiz Cleanergy Park, an eight-hectare outdoor biodiversity park jointly managed by the Aboitiz Foundation and Davao Light that is also home to various wildlife, is fast becoming a sanctuary for birds, reinforcing the park’s status as a thriving outdoor biodiversity preserve that is also one of the country’s few nesting sites for hawksbill turtles and 66 other species.
Recently, 36 bird species—a number of which are considered endangered—were identified living in the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park by members of the Davao Wild Bird Photographers group and the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF).
Two prominent species discovered include the endangered Spotted Imperial Pigeon (Ducula Carola) and the Brown Noddy (Anos Stolidus). The Spotted Imperial Pigeon is said to be endemic or native to the Philippines, while the Brown Noddy has never been spotted in Davao City before. All 36 species have been properly identified and validated with the assistance of PEF.
“We believe creating a #BetterWorld involves creating a sustainable environment for nature to thrive. We will strive to ensure our feathered friends will continue to call the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park their home for years to come,” Sonny Carpio, Aboitiz Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said.
Located in Punta Dumalag, Davao City, the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park showcases urban-based habitat conservation and biodiversity management. It is one of the few identified nesting sites of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle (pawikan).
Earlier this year, the Aboitiz Foundation stepped up its conservation campaign with “#BetterWorld for the Pawikans,” a drive to raise funds for the protection and preservation of the hawksbill turtle in Punta Dumalag, one of the last few remaining natural habitats for this turtle specie. This fundraising will not only secure the sanctuary for the hawksbill turtles but also spread greater public awareness on how everyone can help ensure its survival amid climate change and environmental degradation.
About Aboitiz Foundation
Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. is the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group. Established in 1988, it implements corporate social responsibility interventions especially in communities where Aboitiz companies operate. The Foundation focuses its efforts on education, enterprise development, environment, and health and well-being.