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Forest Land Use Planning, Necessary in Managing the Forests in Region 8
“One government strategy seen to save our people from the ill effects of climate change and help in food sufficiency, is planning for the sustainable use of our forests and its resources. Our forests should be protected, developed and secured not only for the present but also for the future generations. So, the local government units (LGUs) must have their Forest Land Use Plans (FLUPs) for incorporation in their Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs)”, says Regional Executive Director Manolito D. Ragub of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 8.
In order for the government to realize its goals, the DENR through its Forest Land Use Team headed by Forester Allen Cebuano, assists all LGUs in Region 8 on the preparation of the latter’s Forest Land Use Plans (FLUPs) which are to be incorporated in the LGUs Comprehensive Land Use Plans.
In a report of Regional Technical Director Marciano T. Talavera of the DENR’s Forest Management Service, the FLUP Team closely works with the technical working groups of the LGUs for the drafting of the FLUPs. The draft FLUPs are presented to the Sannguniang Bayan of every municipality for adoption and ultimately incorporation in the town’s CLUPs.
During the process, the DENR assists the LGUs in generating thematic maps and watershed delineation using the Geographical Information System (GIS).
FLUP serves as guide in managing the forest resources and the watersheds of every municipality. This ensures biodiversity conservation, food and livelihood security and climate change mitigation. This is also consistent with the DENR’s ridge to reef management approach wherein protection, conservation and development programs from the uplands to the lowlands or from the mountains to the seas are harmonized considering the interrelationships and interdependence of all the ecosystems in the environment. State of the uplands will certainly affect the state of the lowland areas.
“Through the FLUPs that the municipalities are preparing, the town folks see the forest for the trees. They learn to appreciate the full impact of their rehabilitation activities. They envision to have lush greeneries, abundant supply of water and forest goods that could sustain the needs of their communities”, observed Forester Allen Cebuano as they conduct discussions and consultations with the communities.Read more...
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