Clonal nursery and bamboo propagation project
On April 11, 2017, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the establishment of a clonal nursery at the Shell Training Centre in Pililla, Rizal.
The project, entitled “Strengthening PSFI’s Capability in Clonal Nursery Operation and Management and Bamboo Propagation Through ERDB-PSFI Collaboration,” hopes to contribute to the production of quality forest seedlings and preservation of indigenous species under the government’s National Greening Programme (NGP). It also aims to supply the future needs of Shell for its carbon sequestration projects.
During the MOA signing, ERDB Executive Director Dr. Henry Adornado mentioned, “ERDB welcomes the partnership as it can contribute immensely to the accomplishment of the NGP (extended until 2028). The production of indigenous species will broaden the inventory of dipterocarps, which are becoming scarce in the country. Bamboo propagation, on the other hand, will reduce the pressure on forest tree harvest. With 1 million hectares targeted to cover by DENR within the next six years, it can yield both economic and ecological benefits for it can spur livelihood opportunities for communities and can impact on soil water conservation.”
PSFI Executive Director Edgardo Veron Cruz remarked, “The project is an opportunity for Shell to contribute to the efforts of the country in mitigating climate change.” Moreover, he cited PSFI’s current project in Dolores, Quezon, where 50 hectares of land is currently being reforested.
After the MOA signing, Veron Cruz and his team toured the bamboo museum and the ERDB clonal nursery facility.
By Maria Pamela Castro
Article published on PSFI news magazine October 2017 issue
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