DENR Bicol proposes expansion of Catanduanes Natural Parkpr6

What could be smallest now in terms of land area as a province may turn out to be the biggest protected area in the entire Region as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) seeks to expand the Catanduanes  Watershed Forest Reserve (CWFR) from 26,000 hectares (ha) to 48,831 ha.

The National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) and DENR V Land Evaluation Party in their recent field validation  found CWFR suitable for proclamation under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) owed to its old growth forest consisting mostly of Dipterocarp or hardwood species. It also covers 10 municipalities including Bagamanoc, Baras, Caramoran, Gigmoto, Pandan, Panganiban, San Andres, San Miguel, Viga, and Virac. The watershed forest reserve has potable water that support domestic and agricultural uses and could supply sufficient water for energy generation. It also harbors important plant and animal species in habitats fit for recreation and adventure.

But while the area offers opportunities for growth, it is also beset with challenges such as timber poaching, slash-and burn farming, changing land use, siltation, wildlife poaching, among others. These are the same reasons why the government sets aside areas for protection to secure resources required by present and future generations of humans.To expand the reserve would mean greater protection of the reserve and the wildlife plant and animal species  present in the area. It will also promote reproduction among endangered animal species since their range or areas frequented becomes larger making possible reproduction, larger area to hunt for food and improve the natural ecosystems functioning since these processes recognize no political boundaries. As bigger areas get protection from poachers, for instance, the adjacent towns are expected to afford the area the same level of protection hence, the species have greater chances for survival against natural calamities and human intrusion.

The CWFR is a protected area by virtue of Proclamation No. 123 dated June 23, 1987. Penalties apply to those who commit prohibited acts including hunting, destroying, disturbing or mere possession of any plants or animals or products derived therefrom without permit from the Management Board.

Press Release: May 14, 2015

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DENR BICOL CONDUCTS YOUTH FORUM IN CAMARINES NORTE

Youth and student leaders in the province of Camarines Norte attended the Youth Environmental Forum facilitated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V on September 26, 2018 in Daet, Camarines Norte.

Experts from the National Youth Commission (NYC), DENR, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V discussed topics on the role of youth in nation building, current state of the Philippine environment, biodiversity and sustainable tourism, geological hazards, ecological solid waste management and ecological responsibilities.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Joaquin Ed A. Guerrero in his message, challenged the youth on their contribution to help save the planet.

The forum became an avenue for the participants to interact and discuss ideas among their peers on the pressing environmental issues and their commitments toward environmental protection and conservation.

 

The DENR V recognizes the need to engage the youth on worthwhile activities and instill to the public that the conservation of the environment is a shared responsibility not just the government but the whole citizenry. (Article by: JNLoria)

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