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Research Title Community-based Conservation of Plants in Forest over Limestone Ecosystem (Year 2 of 3)
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Research Duration Start:
1 January 2019
31 August 2019
Research Location SSU (Samar)
Research Description The entire Samar Island Natural Park (SINP) consist of more than a quarter of forests over limestone. Generally, limestone karsts in the Philippines only cover about 10% of its total land area but just about 29% of total karst landscapes in the country is accordingly under protection (Day and Urich 2000; Restificar et al. 2006). Interestingly, unspoiled vegetated limestone areas supports unique plant species assemblage (Fernando et al. 2008) and these often contain high levels of species endemism (Clements et al. 2006). This forest type occurs extensively in the central to southern portions of Samar Island which also differ in geology. Thus, conservation of such resources will safeguard its present and future biological, ecological, and socio-economic values.
Research Objectives Generally, this project aims to conduct a community-based conservation strategy for threatened species. Specifically it seeks to; 1. Engage the local community to survey and map the distribution of threatened plant species (with emphasis on mother trees/plant) for in-situ conservation purposes; 2. Strategize a community-based ex-situ scheme for germplasm conservation of threatened species which includes nursery establishment, studies on seedling propagation, and its distribution to different institutions; 3. Produce Communication, Education, and Public Awareness (CEPA) materials for the conservation of forests over limestone; and 4. Develop an Indicative Conservation Plan for the selected forests over limestone areas of Samar Island.
Research Beneficiary(ies) Peoples' Organization, DENR, LGU, local community, academe, future researchers, other stakeholders
Research Accoplishments [CY 2018] Informed overview of the project site/ situation, Distribution map of threatened or economically important plant species, Phenological calendar of threatened plant species, Permanent nursery facility of threatened plant species, Sustainable seedling supply for reforestation activities, Germplasm distribution to various institutions, Pamphlets/brochures as CEPA materials, Increased awareness of various stakeholders, and Indicative Conservation Plan for the project sites
Total Research Cost ₱495,553.81
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SSU (Samar)

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Code DG CY2020 7944
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Priority Thrust DOST

Sector Applied Sciences
Actual Sector Agriculture
Related sectors Environmental
Entry revision: February 2021