Metal-eating plants can help restore damaged mining sites

November 6th, 2016 by

DAVAO CITY—Environmentalists are agog with the disclosure about the presence of metal-eating plants endemic in the country, as a scientist revealed they could be harnessed to restore forests and watersheds damaged by mining operations.

The environmentalist organization, Interface Development Interventions (Idis), announced the disclosure, of scientist Dr. Edwino Fernando, that there 20 plant species in the country with known metal-eating characteristics.

The Idis said Fernando and his research team discovered in 2011 the Rinorea niccolifera, a nickel-eating shrub, in Zambales. The group said the recently discovered species was among the 20 species of metallophytes.

“These species are called metallophytes. They can tolerate high levels of heavy metals, such as lead. Some of these will even require the presence of heavy metals in the soil in order to survive,” Fernando told the recent rainforestation capacity training organized by the Rain Forestation Restoration Initiative (RFRI) network at the Ateneo de Davao University.

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City backs Bantay Bukid volunteers

August 26th, 2016 by

The city government through City Administrator Zuleika Lopez vowed more support for the Bantay Bukid volunteers or forest guards during the two-day 4th Watershed Stakehol-ders Summit, which concluded yesterday.

“Our mayor will continue to implement projects aimed at protecting the watersheds,” Lopez said.

She said a program that will provide additional assistance to the forest guards is already being prepared by the Watershed Management Council (MWC). Click to Read more >>

Sara lauds watershed protection advocates

August 26th, 2016 by

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte lauded watershed stakeholders including forests guards for their active role in protecting the city’s watersheds.

In the mayor’s message read by City Administrator Zuleika Lopez on Wednesday’s opening of the 2016 Watershed Stakeholders Summit,  Duterte thanked volunteer forest guards or Bantay Bukid and other stakeholders for their commitment, saying their presence is an indication that Dabawenyos are united in ensuring the protection, conservation and sustainable management of the city’s watersheds.

“Our watersheds are where we source our drinking water. The health of our watersheds determines the quality and the quantity of our water,” the message read.

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