Biodiversity center in Davao

Subscribe Now June 04, 2015 at 09:39am

A biodiversity center that will showcase and monitor the city's flora is being planned by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) with help from the private and nongovernment sectors.

Engineer Eliza P. Madrazo, CENRO head, said the plan is still in the very early stage and the agency has just started to invite potential partners from the academe and nongovernment organizations, among others.

“CENRO cannot do it alone... This is (also) to show the people that CENRO is not only on segregation and collection of the city’s garbage,” Ms. Madrazo said.

The project is in line with CENRO’s campaign of planting more trees to address climate change and carbon sink management, she added.

CENRO has completed an urban biodiversity study focusing on six areas in the city: People’s Park, Magsaysay Park, Dacudao Avenue, Buhangin-Bajada flyover, Roxas Avenue, and the combined spaces of Rizal, Quezon Centennial and Osmeña Parks.

The study points out “the lack of silvicultural maintenance of trees/plants in the urban areas of the city”.

“But that is based on the initial inventory. The study covers a large scope and not only focuses in Davao City. We could go as far as Mt. Apo. We are trying our best to perform the program,” Ms. Madrazo said.

Possible sites for the biodiversity center are currently being looked at, and it will definitely not be within the city’s central area, according to Ms. Madrazo.

“There are no available areas in the city,” she said.

The biodiversity center, she continued, could be similar to the National Biodiversity Center in Singapore.

“Although we cannot be at par with Singapore’s center, at least we could establish our own,” Ms. Madrazo said.


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