Dabawenyo green warriors recognized in 5th Lunhaw Awards

March 21st, 2017 by

Davao City has become a haven for green living thanks to increasing number of environmental initiatives popularized through the Lunhaw Awards, now on its fifth year.

These green warriors ranged from young students, individual farmers in both rural and urban settings, to associations and commercial establishments.

The City Government made Lunhaw Awards officially part of the 80th Araw ng Davao celebration. This year’s awarding ceremony and gathering of green advocates was held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel on March 17.

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Sara slams groups over WTE criticism

November 17th, 2016 by

“They’re barking up the wrong tree,” Mayor Sara Duterte said addressing the Integrated Development Interventions (IDIS), an environment group who criticized her over her partnership with Mayor Kenji Kitakashi of Kitakyushu, Japan for a waste management project.

The mayor clarified the signing was for the technology assistance on waste management of the Kitakyushu Government to the city.

“They are barking up the wrong tree because the WTE (Waste to Energy) is with the private company particularly the Nippon Steel,” Duterte told Mirror. She said the signing was for the technology assistance of the Kitakyushu government to the city of Davao. Click to Read more >>

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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