Ecosystems Research and Development Services

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The integrated research and development program on ecosystems pertains to various priority projects and studies addressing various issues and problems in the forests, environment, lands, mines and geosciences and the coastal and protected areas. Concerned with the conduct of various research studies and projects that are timely and relevant to the sustainable management of Philippine ecosystems and natural resources, there is now a more pressing need for science-based information and technologies as output of research and development (R and D) that will serve as tools of the Department in formulating policy recommendations and in decision-making. A vital component of the program is the promotion, transfer, and utilization of research results, information or technologies to all possible clientele/stakeholders concerning the aforementioned ecosystem types, and provision of technical assistance to other DENR bureaus and offices and regional units.

Ecosystems Research and Development Services

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), as the primary research arm of the DENR, together with the research sector of the different regional offices, is now more focused on applied and demand-driven researches that would provide science-based information and technologies geared at improving the lives especially of the marginalized sector of our society.

Current RDE efforts are geared towards addressing issues and concerns on climate change adaptation and mitigation. Research and development and extension programs and projects are restructured to cater to different stakeholders and external clienteles of the department and to the ENR sectors namely Forest, Lands, Protected Areas and Wildlife, Environment, and Mines and Geo-Sciences.

Based on the Integrated Environment and Natural Resources Research, Development, and Extension Framework for FY 2011-2016, a new set-up of Research, Development, and Extension Programs (RDEPs) has been formulated in alignment with the National Research and Development Priorities Plan (NRDPP) on ENR. These are as follows: (a) RDEP1 – Program on Climate Change; (b) RDEP2 – Program on Sustainable Upland and Coastal Areas Development; (c) RDEP3 – Program on WaterResources Management; (d) RDEP4 – Development of Standards/Technologies on Land Disposition, Allocation, Land-Use and Management; (e) RDEP5 – Program on Mined and Degraded Areas; (f) RDEP6 – Program on the Conservation and Management of Biodiversity; (g) Program on Environmental Management and Pollution Control; and (h) RDEP8 – Technology Transfer and Commercialization Program pursuant to Republic Act No. 10055, known as the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009.

Clonal Nursery and Production of Quality Planting Materials (QPM) of Premium and Indigenous Forest Species for National Greening Program

To fully achieve the goals and objectives of the National Greening Program, new clonal nurseries will be established and existing ones will be rehabilitated or expanded to ensure the continuous supply of good quality planting materials up to year 2016.

Moreover, DAO No. 2010-11 shall be institutionalized and operationalized to ensure success of NGP undertaking. This issuance provides for the revised regulations governing forest tree seed and seedling production, collection and disposition which promotes the use of high quality planting materials in the establishment of tree plantations, tree farms, agroforestry and other forestation activities to promote biodiversity conservation and to ensure sustainable production and supply of wood and other forest products in the country.