Trees downtown neglected, misused

May 26th, 2015 by

THE Interface Development Interventions Inc. (Idis) called for conservation efforts to protect Davao City’s urban biodiversity after a City Environment and Natural Resources (Cenro) survey of the city’s urban parks and forests revealed signs of neglect and misuse of trees growing all over the metro.

“We should also expand local conservation efforts to include the trees that are growing in our city parks because they help cool down urban temperature, reduce noise and air pollution and minimize urban flooding,” said Idis executive director Ann Fuertes.

Urban parks also provide mini-habitats for animals, especially birds, according to Fuertes.

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Watershed trees lost to ravages of El Niño

May 21st, 2015 by

DAVAO CITY — About 300 various seedlings out of 1,000 planted in the city’s watershed areas under an agro-forestry program did not survive the dry spell brought about by the prevailing El Niño, the environmental group Interface Development Interventions, Inc. (IDIS) reported.

 IDIS Program Coordinator Chinke Pelino said the group has temporarily stopped planting activities and intends to resume by June in the hope of rain brought about by the wet season.

The Philippine weather bureau has issued an advisory saying that the current mild El Niño could extend to the second half of the year.

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Group lauds mining ban ordinance

May 7th, 2015 by

THE Interface Development Interventions (Idis) lauded Wednesday the approval of the ordinance banning mining in Davao City.

The environmental group said that the development suggests that the city-wide policy is “one step closer in making the world in general and Davao City in particular a better place to live for the future generations.”

“Thus, we can proudly say, in Davao City, Life is Here!” the Idis said in its statement sent to Sun.Star Davao.

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