DENR Bicol bats for rehabilitation of two watershed forest reserve in Camarines Norte

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol plans to pursue the rehabilitation of two watershed forest reserves in Camarines Norte in order to promote biodiversity conservation as well as safeguard the water source of the local community.

DENR Bicol Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales said it is imperative to speed up the rehabilitation of Dahican Watershed Forest Reserve and Capalonga Watershed Forest Reserve to arrest future water scarcity problems in the said areas.

RED Gonzales said while Dahican watershed in the town of Jose Panganiban is relatively undisturbed, Capalonga watershed in the town of Capalonga on the other hand is on the brink of biodiversity exhaustion partly due to widespread agricultural and cultivation activities.

“The Regional NIPAS Review Committee of the DENR had earlier warned over the disestablishment of Capalonga watershed which would be precarious, both to the community and the conservation efforts being pushed by the government’, he added.

According to the report of the Protected Areas Wildlife Division of the Biodiversity Management Bureau of DENR the inventory of wildlife resources in Capalonga Watershed revealed that flora and fauna are observed to be minimal due to a disturbed ecosystem brought about by agricultural activities.

In Dahican watershed the flora and fauna proved to be abundant. Streams and river are present supplying the water needs of the lowland communities. The same can be considered a future ecotourism hub, the report also disclosed.

         “We are optimistic that rehabilitation efforts can be made, with the management of the WFR’s in tandem with respective local governments and other stakeholders,” Dir. Gonzales said. 

Press Release: January 30, 2014