In support of the government’s efforts to promote watershed protection and as part of PhilCapNet’s capacity building activities, a “Symposium on Bamboo: Its Environmental Benefits and Uses” was conducted on 7 November 2018. This activity recognizes the enormous potential of bamboo not only for construction and furniture, but also for biodiversity conservation, carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation.
Bamboo plantations have also been proven to be beneficial for riverbanks stabilization and stream erosion control, among others. Speakers from the National Greening Program (NGP) / Forest Management Bureau (FMB) Region 3 and Philippine Bamboo Foundation enlightened participants about the water and environment situation as well bamboo resources in Region 3 and how bamboo’s environmental benefits can be harnessed to regulate groundwater levels and rehabilitate watersheds.
The introduction of participants and symposium objectives was done by Ms. Yolanda Gomez, PWP Consultant. Forester Judelyn Francisco of the Regional National Greening Program (NGP) Coordinating Office presented the Bamboo Resources in Region 3. Mr. Edgardo Manda of the Philippine Bamboo Foundation, Inc. presented “Bamboo and Water”.The morning presentations were followed by a visit to the Lubao Bamboo Hub and Eco-Park. A short presentation was made by Ms. Lai Tulabut of LGU Lubao and in-charge of the Hub before proceeding to the area.