The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) spearheaded the conduct of the 2015 Sylvatrop Writeshop last April 21-23, 2015 at Lohas Hotel, Clarkfield Zone, Clark, Pampanga.

 

Recognizing the vital role of publishing in scientific journals to a country's progress, ERDB invited writer-participants from DENR bureaus and attached agencies to train researchers on how to transform research reports into journal articles for Sylvatrop. Sylvatrop has been the official technical journal of the DENR since 1976. Since then, it has published numerous research results on a wide range of topics including forest production, vulnerability assessment and mapping, biodiversity conservation, to name a few.

During the writeshop, the importance of publishing in a journal as a contributor to a nation's progress has been highlighted by Dr. Inocencio E. Buot, Jr., resource person. According to Dr. Buot, DENR as the lead agency in the protection and management of the natural resources has to be proactive in publishing new information related to environment and natural resources.

"Publication is an indicator of research productivity and this could lead to economic and national development", Dr. Buot added.

The outputs of the writeshop include six vulnerability assessment (VA) articles from ERDB. ERDB plans to produce the VA Special Issue by 2nd quarter of 2015.

The articles underwent rigorous revisions and critiquing under the auspices of Dr. Diomedes Racelis, a watershed expert from the University of the Philippines Los Banos. The articles include:

  • Vulnerability assessment of soil and water resources of San Cristobal watershed in Cabuyao, Laguna
  • Assessment of the Vulnerability to Landslide of Lower Allah Valley Sub-watershed at Mindanao, Philippines
  • Vulnerability assessment of Mt. Makiling Watersheds in Laguna
  • Vulnerability assessment of the La Mesa Watershed reservation
  • Landslide vulnerability assessment of Lusuac watershed within the Province of Abra, Philippines
  • Vulnerability of Kisloyan Sub-catchment (Mag-asawang tubig Watershed) of Mindoro Island to landslide and biodiversity loss

There are also six new articles that were prepared by DENR authors which include:

  • Organotin concentrations in sediments and macrobenthic organisms from selected sites of Manila Bay (EMB)
  • Assessment of physico-chemical and metals concentrations in leachate from selected open dumpsites in the Philippines (EMB)
  • Biodiversity of edible and non-edible fungi in selected mountain ecosystems in Laguna, Philippines (FMB)
  • Pre and post dredging status of aquatic biodiversity in Pasig River, Philippines (ERDB)
  • Utilization of full polarimetric ALOS-PALSAR for Land Cover Mapping in the Philippines (NAMRIA)
  • Mapping and assessment of Forestland population in the Philippines (NAMRIA)

In his message to participants, Dr. Antonio M. DaƱo, Chair of the Sylvatrop Editorial Board, emphasized the importance of crafting policies and formulating incentives that would motivate researchers to publish their research inputs as journal articles.

This also leads to a hope that in the future, Sylvatrop could provide incentives in the forms of promotion and award parameters. Thus, the Sylvatrop Editorial Board composed of 10 DENR agencies namely, ERDB, EMB, FMB, MGB, HRDS, OSEC, LLDA, NAMRIA, LMB and BMB, will now redirect its focus towards this path. Adreana Santos-Remo, TTD