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The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB)
is the principal research and development (R & D) unit of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Its R & D and extension activities are focused on the five major ecosystems of the Philippines which include forests, upland farms, grassland and degraded areas, coastal zone and freshwater, and urban areas.

The ERDB was created in June 1987 under Executive Order (EO) 192 that merged the function of the former Forest Research Institute (FORI) and the National Mangrove Committee. Its headquarters is located at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, College of Forestry and Natural Resources (UPLB-CFNR) campus in the municipality of Los Baños, province of Laguna, Philippines about 65 kms south of Manila.


To come up with action plans for the National Greening Program (NGP) in 2015, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) held a planning workshop in Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas from February 9-11, 2015.

In the workshop, the 2014 accomplishments and challenges on the production of quality planting materials (PQPM), an ERDB-led project under the NGP, were assessed.

“As a team, let’s take the challenge and together as a family, we will overcome the challenge ahead of us,” said Mr. Angelito B. Exconde, Assistant National Coordinator-Executive Officer of PQPM.>>more

The workshop on “Traditional Forest Knowledge for Ecosystem Services in ASEAN Countries” was held at the Crystal Crown Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 2 – 4, 2015. The said workshop was attended by Dr. Antonio M. Daño, ERDB OIC Assistant Director; Dr. Aurora S. Jose, Planning Officer and Ms. Karen Rose M. Fortus, project staff. The workshop aimed to share information and data for a better understanding on traditional forest knowledge in the context of ecosystem services.

Twenty-four (24) participants from six (6) ASEAN Countries, namely: Indonesia, Korea, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Philippines composed of sixteen (16) males and eight females participated in the said workshop. The participants were composed of the following: eight from (8) Malaysia, 4 from Indonesia, 4 from Korea, 3 from Vietnam, 3 from the Philippines and 2 from Cambodia.>>more

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Volume 9 Issue 2
Handbook on Erect Bamboo Species Found in the Philippines
A Research Compendium of Rehabilitation Strategies for Damaged, Critical and Marginal Watershed Areas
A Research Compendium of Rehabilitation Strategies for Mining and Volcanic Debris-laden Areas
Landscape Function Analysis Field Guide
ERDB Info Journal
Volume 8 No. 6
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