Sylvatrop wel­comes orig­i­nal con­tri­bu­tions on en­vi­ron­ment is­sues

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THE TECH­NI­CAL JOUR­NAL Sylvatrop has in­vited contributors to pub­lish orig­i­nal works in the peer-reviewed pub­li­ca­tion, which has just been rec­og­nized as a lead­ing source of ex­pert knowl­edge on en­vi­ron­ment is­sues such as cli­mate change’s ad­verse ef­fects. “It must be some­thing about ap­plied re­search rel­e­vant to DENR man­dates and ad­dresses cer­tain clien­tele needs. It must have cur­rent so­cial, eco­nomic, or cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal sig­nif­i­cance to gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor,” said An­to­nio M. Daño, Sylvatrop’s edi­tor-in­chief.

Sylvatrop is an ISI (In­ter­na­tional Sci­en­tific In­dex­ing)-in­dexed jour­nal whose pub­li­ca­tion is pro­duced in ab­stract form by the Ab­stract Bi­b­li­og­ra­phy of Trop­i­cal Forestry (Philip­pines), Doc­u­men­ta­tion Cen­tre on Trop­i­cal Forestry (Philip­pines), Forestry Ab­stract (Ox­ford, UK), Chem­i­cal Ab­stracts (Ohio, USA), and Asia Science Re­search Ref­er­ence (In­dia). Sylvatrop is also ac­cred­ited by the Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (CHED)-Philip­pines.

Sylvatrop’s pub­lish­ers are an edi­to­rial team from the Ecosys­tems Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Bureau or ERDB. The ERDB is an at­tached agency of the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR).

It is both use­ful and pres­ti­gious to be pub­lished in an ISI-in­dexed jour­nal as an ISI in­dex­ing val­i­da­tion stamp gives au­thors

the ad­van­tage of know­ing the im­pact of their work on an in­tended au­di­ence. ISI in­dex­ing also in­creases the vis­i­bil­ity of a work to other ex­pert groups on en­vi­ron­ment is­sues.

Sylvatrop was rec­og­nized by the DENR, which re­cently held an ex­hibit at its Dil­i­man, Que­zon City of­fice in Sylvatrop’s honor. Sylvatrop has pub­lished over 70 is­sues with more than 300 ar­ti­cles over the last 40 years.

Cur­rently pub­lished once a year, Sylvatrop over the last two years has delved into top­ics such as haz­ards recorded in the map of the San Cris­to­bal wa­ter­shed (La­guna, Cavite, Batan­gas) us­ing geo­graphic in­for­ma­tion sys­tem data to­gether with rec­om­men­da­tions on mit­i­gat­ing po­ten­tial ad­verse ef­fects of soil ero­sion and water pol­lu­tion. The wa­ter­shed’s up­stream part was known to be highly vul­ner­a­ble to soil ero­sion.

It has also ze­roed in on the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of the Sablayan (Kis­loyan sub­wa­ter­shed, Min­doro) to land­slides and made rec­om­men­da­tions for ad­dress­ing the prob­lem. While the wa­ter­shed is a source of water of the Ma­ga­sawang Tu­big River—which pro­vides ir­ri­ga­tion and do­mes­tic water to three big towns and is a nat­u­ral habi­tat for en­dan­gered flora and fauna—it is threat­ened be­cause of nickel and cobalt ex­trac­tion.

An­other no­table Sylvatrop fea­ture was about the use­ful­ness of ja­t­ropha for car­bon se­ques­tra­tion, as found in car­bon analy­ses of plants aged 5-42 months taken from Nueva, Ecija, La­guna, Que­zon, Ca­marines Sur, and North and South Cota­bato. Through re­for­esta­tion us­ing ja­t­ropha, lo­cal govern­ments can sig­nif­i­cantly pre­vent the emis­sion of the pol­lu­tant car­bon diox­ide (CO2) to the en­vi­ron­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the Sylvatrop study, “One of the most press­ing prob­lems nowa­days is global warm­ing, brought about by the in­creas­ing lev­els of green­house gases—par­tic­u­larly CO2—to the at­mos­phere. Plants take up CO2 from the at­mos­phere and store the car­bon in their biomass (roots, stems, and fo­liage) through the process of pho­to­syn­the­sis.”

A study on vul­ner­a­bil­ity to soil ero­sion, land­slide, drought, fire, and loss of bio­di­ver­sity of the en­vi­ron­ment sur­round­ing the wa­ter­sheds of La Mesa (Que­zon City), Buhisan (Cebu), and Naguil­ian (Benguet) has also been pub­lished on Sylvatrop.

As a re­sult of science-based stud­ies, use­ful rec­om­men­da­tions are pub­lished in Sylvatrop, in­clud­ing ways of ar­rest­ing or ad­dress­ing dis­as­ters brought about by cli­mate change’s as­so­ci­ated in­crease in tem­per­a­ture and the in­creas­ing in­ten­sity of the drought phenomenon brought about by El Niño or of La Niña (char­ac­ter­ized by heavy storms caus­ing ex­ten­sive flood­ing).

(From left) Sylvatrop Chair and ERDB As­sis­tant Direc­tor Dr. An­to­nio Daño; Sylvatrop edi­tors Lib­erty Asis and Adreana San­tos-Remo; and Sylvatrop Ex­ec­u­tive Ad­viser and ERDB Direc­tor Dr. Henry Ador­nado re­ceive the Sylvatrop Awards for 40 years of cu­rat­ing ex­pert knowl­edge on the en­vi­ron­ment.

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