A non-government organization that has conducted decades of conservation work on the Palawan Cockatoo or Katala, a critically endangered bird species found only in Palawan, has expressed optimism they will be able to have the bird finally removed from the international list of critically endangered birds this year.
Indira Widdman, chief operations officer of Katala Foundation, Inc. (KFI), said during Wednesday’s 12th Katala Festival held in Narra, Palawan they will conduct next year an assessment of the bird’s population, together with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
She said they hope to be able to downgrade the status of the katala from “critically endangered” to “endangered”.
“Sa aming palagay, there’s a big chance na we can do that in the next 3 years siguro or even less.”
She noted that the global population of the Philippine Cockatoo has reached some 1,240 individuals, of which about 40 percent are found on Rasa Island off Narra town. The municipality had declared the island as a protected area in support of the conservation efforts.
During Wednesday’s celebration of KFI’s 12th anniversary, the municipality formally adopted the Katala as its flagship species, passing a municipal ordinance to its effect.