Energy Development CorporationAFTER successfully rescuing 98 threatened native tree species in 2011 through its BINHI program, Energy Development Corporation (EDC) sought to propagate these species. The company entered into a partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Biodiversity Management Bureau under its Adopt a Wildlife Species program through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) in 2016.
The MOA aims to update the ecological status of selected threatened Philippine native trees under the BINHI program. Under the partnership, a total of 35 species are targeted for updating of status in the next three years.
The EDC BINHI team has completed the inventory and documentation for the first 10 species for the downgrading of ecological status. Through this initiative, EDC aims to contribute to the national biodiversity conservation program, focusing on the updating of the Philippine red list of threatened tree species, the protection of the identified trees in surveyed areas, and the planting of these species to save them from extinction.
From 2016 to 2017, the BINHI team focused on the intensive inventory and geo-tagging of the following 10 priority species: mapilig (Xanthostemon bracteatus), bagoadlau (Xanthostemon philippinensis), Sierra Madre mangkono (Xanthostemon fruticosus), Palawan mangkono (Xanthostemon speciosus), mangkono (Xanthostemon verudgonianus), Samar gisok (Hopea samarensis), dalingdingan (Hopea foxwortyii), Malabayabas (Tristaniospsis decorticata), yakal-malibato (Shorea malibato) and yakalkaliot (Hopea malibato).
The results of the inventory and geo-tagging have been submitted to the DENR to formally update the status of these tree species. These will also be submitted to scientific journals as part of EDC’s contribution to the scientific community. (Story/Photos by: Kreeshia Share)