Biodiversity-friendly project launched

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013


THE municipality of Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental recently launched a model biodiversity-friendly livelihood project covering the timberlands under the Biodiversity Partnership Project (BPP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The project is dubbed as "Almaciga Resin Production Project," which aims to reduce poverty, generate livelihood and conserve biodiversity.

The selection of Almaciga tapping as biodiversity friendly investment by the United Nations Development Programme is an offshoot of the consultants' scoping activity in the municipality last February.

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Furthermore, the selection was also anchored on convergence of the municipal thrust for sustainable poverty reduction program, DENR's thrust for responsible as well as sustainable forestland community management and the BPP as a strategy to capacitate local planners and developers to mainstream biodiversity conservation in the land uses, particularly the production and agricultural landscape, surrounding the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, which will then serve as another layer of protection for this important protected areas.

At present, the joint BPP, DENR and LGU team is conducting timber inventory of Almaciga trees in at least 10 barangays in the municipality while the Municipal Agriculture Office will also conduct a series of resin tapping trainings to raise the level of tapper skills in the use of non-destructive methods of resin tapping.

To ensure sustainability of this project, tapping operations will be allowed only on trees having a diameter of 60 cm. and above in a given schedule.

Gov. Generoso Mayor Vicente Orencia is positive the project will improve the economic condition of the people in the municipality and at the same time improve the condition of the remaining forests in the area.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 04, 2013.

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