The NVSU College of Forestry, Environment and Resources Management (CFERM), led by Dr. Jayson Q. Caranza, conducted a two-day training on Basic Cave Mapping and Plant Identification for the Capisaan Cave and Tour Guiding Association (CCTGA) at Barangay Capisaan, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya on June 2-3, 2021.
The Capisaan Cave System in Kasibu now stands as the flagship ecotourism area in the province of Nueva Vizcaya. Due to travel and tourism restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the activities in Capisaan Cave have been temporarily halted. This was seen as an opportune time to conduct the training for the CCTGA members. The main goal of the training was to capacitate cave guides in preparation for the resumption of tourism activities in Capisaan Cave. It is expected that there will be an influx of visitors to Capisaan Cave once the restrictions are finally lifted. With the new knowledge and skills gained from the training, the cave guides are hoping to serve the visitors better.
To enhance opportunities and mitigate threats in this cave system, the NVSU-CFERM sought to include Capisaan as one of its adopted barangays to extend its forestry, environment, and resource management programs. The College believes that sustainable ecotourism in this part of the world entails a community that is environmentally aware of what the cave and karst landscape can offer to their well-being. This can be achieved by strengthening their participation in the conduct of research, planning, implementation, and monitoring activities. Further, tapping the community as partner in the biodiversity monitoring activities, particularly of important and critical species identified in Capisaan, is an important component in biodiversity conservation, management, and protection programs in the area. This will be achieved by teaching capable community members the appropriate identification and monitoring methods for different resources through seminar/training activities already being carried out as one component of this extension work.
For. Romnick Pascua and Dr. Jayson Caranza led the trainees to the Capisaan Cave for hands-on field practice in plant identification and cave mapping and surveying.