The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), has partnered with the Energy Development Corp. (EDC) for the conservation of the 11 most critically endangered native tree species in the Philippines.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said the agreement will enable the agency to more effectively conserve and propagate native tree species that are vital to sustaining biodiversity.
Under the five-year memorandum of understanding, the ERDB and EDC have agreed to collaborate on strengthening the BINHI program, an initiative of EDC that focuses on native tree conservation and aims to rescue and ensure propagation of selected 96 premium Philippine threatened species across the country.
The effort will focus on 11 rarest and most critically endangered tree species including kadalis narig, malayakal, Mindanao narek, pinulog, Palawan narig, narig laot, kanining peneras, Cagayan narek, pianga, mapilig and Samar gisok.
The project will also push for the conservation of species in their natural habitats, identification of different tree species, assistance in sourcing and propagation of seedlings as well as in technicalities and protocols for tree planting.