The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has partnered with PLDT Inc. and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. to protect, conserve and restore the Caimpugan Peatland in the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary.
This peatland is the only recorded remaining intact peat swamp forest and the largest of its kind in the Philippines, the DENR said.
Peatlands are wetlands whose peat soils consist of carbon-rich dead and decaying plant matter which store twice as much carbon as all the world’s forests combined.
The partnership is for three years but can be extended by the parties.
PLDT said apart from applying various technologies for peatland assessment, monitoring and enforcement activities as well as communication, education and public awareness programs and activities to increase knowledge and appreciation of the value of these fragile ecosystems will also be made.
The project will engage with wetland-dependent communities to come up with a sustainable and biodiversity-friendly livelihood program.