DENR-XI meets Davao’s CSOs

Membersimg 0667 resized of Davao City's Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) gathered at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office last week for its annual interfacing with the department. The event aimed to discuss environmental issues within the region and to strengthen the collaboration between government and non-government organizations in the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources.


DENR-XI Regionale - img 0654 resized Director Ruth M. Tawantawan welcomed the participants together with Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Marcia G. Isip and Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Atty. Ma. Mercedes V. Dumagan.


Topics discussed during the meeting were the Philippine Environmental Impact Statement System – Public Participation Guidelines; Solid Waste Management implementation including waste management in coastal and marine resources; monitoring on the illegal logging activities in the region; Mt. Apo Rehabilitation Plan; Implementation of the moratorium on mining operations in the regions and monitoring of areas vulnerable to geohazards in the region, among others.


These were presented by the representatives from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-XI), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-XI), and DENR-XI's Enforcement Division and Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division.

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Hands-On-ARMS outreach activity held

To raise awareness and highlight the importance of coastal and marine resources to the local communities, especially to the youth, Department of Environment and Natural Resources -XI through its Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS) and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Compostela Valley recently conducted the Hands-On-ARMS outreach activity at Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape (MPLS), Compostela Valley.

This interactive activity was participated by selected Grade 6 students from Don William Gemperle Elementary School in Mabini. The participants were given an opportunity to learn and observe the marine cryptobiota using a simple hand lens or magnifying glass and forceps. They also sorted and classified these small animals into their respective groups.

Despite their small size, marine cryptobiota provides various ecological good and services and serves as primary building blocks of the coral reef. Marine cryptobiota includes shrimps, crabs, hermit crabs, brittle stars, sponges, and tunicates, among others.

As part of DENR's Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP), the Department monitors cryptobiota with the use of Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS), a long-term collecting device that mimics the coral reef and attract these animals. The data will be collected to study on their biodiversity and the effects of climate change on reefs.

 

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