Sylvatrop, the DENR’s official technical journal on Philippine ecosystems and natural resources, published its latest issue with four articles covering carbon sequestration of forest trees, bioremediation, and climate change mitigation.

As the Philippines is becoming even more vulnerable to typhoons and increased flooding brought about by climate change, studies that focus on ways to help address these issues become increasingly imperative.

The first article, authored by Prof. Pastor Malabrigo of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and Ronino Gibe of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), provided an updated forest inventory on ironwood tree species for botanical explorations. Forest inventory is a systematic collection of data on the forest resources in a given area and is done to assess the current status of the forest for monitoring, evaluation, and planning.

The second study by Dr. Engelbert Lalican of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD-DOST) investigated the resiliency of Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) communities in Laguna against the effects of climate change by analyzing their sources of income and their community relationships.

Meanwhile, the third article analyzed the carbon sequestration rates and carbon densities of fast-growing tree species in Mindanao. This study by Nelson Levi Lantican of Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) and Manolito Sy could enrich climate change mitigation programs.

Finally, the fourth article authored by Dr. Nelly S. Aganggan of the National institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology or BIOTECH, Dr. Elenita Racelis, and Iris Ashley Algabre examined the bioremediation potential of mycorrhizal inoculated Acacia mangium and Eucalyptus urophylla seedlings in mined-out areas. This may support mitigation programs in and around mining sites.

In his message in the latest issue of the journal, DENR Sec. Roy A. Cimatu applauded the women and men behind Sylvatrop for their relentless efforts to share substantial knowledge on environmental issues and improved mitigation strategies through each peer reviewed article. He urged authors, editors, and Board members to continue to excel in providing reliable knowledge and information for sustainable and inclusive national progress.

The Sylvatrop Volume 30 No. 1 (January – June 2020) issue can be downloaded here for free! Sylvatrop is listed in the Clarivate Analytics Master Journal List. The journal is published by the DENR through the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB). To know more about Sylvatrop, you may visit our official website at sylvatropdenr.gov.ph. Carmela Kris A. Armilla, (Sylvatrop) TTD