ECOSYSTEMS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICE

(ERDS)

The Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 12 was created pursuant to Section 20   of Executive Order No. 192 (1987)   otherwise known as the Reorganization Act of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. This Office is headed by a Regional Technical Director and under the Regional Executive Director. The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), one of DENR’s staff bureaus which supervises and coordinates all technological researches undertaken by field offices (ERDS), assess and translates all recommendable findings, and disseminate such findings for all possible users and clientele. The ERDS, being the research arm of DENR Regional Office, is mandated to provide technical assistance to the different service sectors of the region by conducting researches for appropriate technologies recommended for various projects.

The table below shows the RDE activities. 

RDE ACTIVITIES

 

PROJECT/STUDY TITLE

PROVINCE

STATUS

1

Survey of bamboo stands and establishment of national/regional database of economically important     bamboo resources in the Philippines

Cotabato and

Sultan Kudarat

On going

 

 

 

 

2

 Tree improvement program for indigenous and endangered species

Regionwide

On going

 

 

 

 

3

Biosafety and Biosecurity Measures for the conservation and Management of Biodiversity

Regionwide

On going

 

 

 

 

4

Biosecurity measures for the protection of biodiversity from invasive alien species 

Regionwide

On going

 

 

 

 

 

 Regional Clonal Nursery

The Regional Clonal Nursery of Region 12 is within the 100-hectare experimental forest of the Cotabato Provincial Forest and Ecotourism Park, AmasKidapawan City. It is where naturally-growing native tree species are found like white lauan, red lauan, bagtikan, dao,etc  as sources of seeds for the production of high quality seedlings.

The clonal nursery is 1.5 kilometers from the Provincial Capitol of Cotabato and 15 kilometers away from the Kidapawan City Hall. 

It has a state-of-the-art Rooting Chambers, Recovery Shed, Potting Shed and Hardening Area with a total production capacity of 175, 000 clone seedlings per year.  A clone seedling is the exact copy of the original individual tree.