Sylvatrop welcomes original contributions on environment issues
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.