- Project name: Improve the conservation of the Rufous-headed Hornbills in the municipalities of Madalag and Malinao, Aklan Philippines
- Project site: Aklan Province, Philippines
- EDGE species: Rufous-headed Hornbill Rhabdotorrhinus waldeni
- Active: 2019 - ongoing
David has acted as a conservation specialist for the Haribon foundation since 2012. In this role he assists with policy writing at both the local and national level, and trains community-based forest protection teams.
Protection of Dulungan is particularly special to David as it was the first species he worked on when he started working at Haribon. Very few studies have been conducted in his target areas, particularly after a strong typhoon in 2013 damaged significant areas of forest habitat on Panay Island.
David’s project aims to use the Rufous-headed Hornbill as an umbrella and keystone species to sustainably protect and conserve Central Panay Mountain’s biodiversity. His objectives are to:
- Gather baseline information on Rufous-headed Hornbill populations in the north-eastern part of Central Panay Mountains
- Increase awareness of the species through communication, education and public awareness activities in schools, communities and local government offices
- Provide governing bodies with information that will be important for the development of forest conservation policies
- Improve forest resource management through development of different forest protection schemes and capacity building activities