Drought affects Davao’s ‘rainforestation’ projects

April 28th, 2015 by

DAVAO CITY—The prolonged dry spell has not only affected crop production but it has also affected “rainforestation” initiatives in the watershed, according to an environment group.

“The heat is making it difficult for tree nurseries to thrive, requiring more efforts from our community partners to ensure their survival,” said Joy Enriquez, watershed protection campaigner of the Interface Development Interventions (IDIs).

Enriquez, who represents the NGO sector in the Watershed Management Council, said the latter organization is currently doing a “riparian rainforestation” project in the Panigan-Tamugan watershed, Davao’s future source of drinking water. Click to Read more >>

CSOs call on the national Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) agency to stop aerial spraying in the Philippines

April 28th, 2015 by

DAVAO CITY- Ninety-five (95) local and international civil society organizations (CSOs) and institutions have petitioned the Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) to ban aerial spraying in banana plantations in the Philippines.

In a position paper drafted by the lead CSO, the Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) , the group highlighted the dangers of using aerial spraying as a method to apply fungicide because it contaminates nearby communities and water resources indiscriminately.

In the communities adjacent or inside banana plantations, incidents of animals and plants dying due to hazardous chemical exposure have been reported. This is because the chemicals used in aerial spraying, when released, are airborne and spread randomly, reaching areas which do not even have banana crops! These aerial drifts are also easily affected by wind speed, terrain plane size, wing span, nozzle orientation, nozzle type, droplet size and swath and spray volume.” Click to Read more >>

Civil Society Position against Aerial Spraying

April 23rd, 2015 by

2015 CSO Position Paper Against Aerial Spraying