By Estrella Z. Gallardo
A project titled, “Biological Studies of Economically Important Forest Vines in Camarines Sur and Albay Provinces,” to address the sustainable supply of forest vines was funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD).
Specifically, the project aims to establish nurseries and plantation of forest vines as well as provide information on the phenology, ecology, and factors affecting the natural regeneration of forest vines to eventually identify appropriate propagation techniques.
The project is also expected to come up with volume estimate of selected economically important forest vines in Camarines Sur and Albay province.
This is an answer to the produce forest vines, one of the best sources of raw materials for handicraft, that although abundant in the Philippine forests, the supply may not meet demand since the country is the second biggest world producer of handicraft, most especially.
All the information generated by the project eventually will be inputted in the database of forest vines in the Philippines.
The project is being implemented by the Forest Products Research and Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-FPRDI), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF), and Philippine Science High School – Goa Campus. (PPCI)