Assessment of tree registration in Leyte and Biliran Islands

Germano, Emma M., Tan, Emmanuel G., Mangaoang, Eduardo O. and Cedamon, Edwin (2007) Assessment of tree registration in Leyte and Biliran Islands. Annals of Tropical Research, 29 3: 39-48.

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Author Germano, Emma M.
Tan, Emmanuel G.
Mangaoang, Eduardo O.
Cedamon, Edwin
Title Assessment of tree registration in Leyte and Biliran Islands
Journal name Annals of Tropical Research
ISSN 0116-0710
Publication date 2007
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 29
Issue 3
Start page 39
End page 48
Total pages 10
Editor Stephen R. Harrison
John L. Herbohn
Rotacio Gravoso
Eduardo Mangaoang
John Simpson Baynes
Annerine Bosch
Place of publication Gatton, Qld, Australia
Publisher The University of Queensland
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
070501 Agroforestry
070504 Forestry Management and Environment
0705 Forestry Sciences
Abstract Staff in six Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) − four in Leyte Province, three in Southern Leyte Province and one in Biliran − were interviewed to establish baseline information on tree registration. In general, the rate of tree registration was found to be low, except in CENRO Maasin, where during 1997 to 2006 a total of 2799 tree farms were registered, covering an aggregate area of 2807 ha and with 1,292,495 trees registered. The highest number of tree farms registered in CENRO Maasin took place in 2004, when a total of 531 were registered, covering an area of 373 ha. Measures and strategies practiced by this CENRO to promote tree registration include: conducting an information, education and communication (IEC) campaign including distribution of extension materials; establishing a link between farmers and buyers in marketing products; and encouraging barangay officials to disseminate tree registration information. Factors leading to the low tree registration rate in Leyte and Biliran CENROs include: long distance between farms and CENR offices; weak tenure (farms under timberland status); inefficient processing of the registration documents; absence of the officer-in-charge of tree registration during farmer visits to Department of Environment and Natural Resources offices; land under common ownership; and farmers unaware about the tree registration process. Suggestions by respondents to improve tree registration include: regularly conducting IEC activities including distribution of extension material, supported by necessary funding; hiring of additional personnel for this purpose, to be assigned in every municipality; enhancing the timber market network; deputizing barangay officials as Environment and Natural Resources Officers (ENROs) to conduct tree inventory, authorized by municipal officials to collect Tree Inventory Certification. Keywords: , ,
Keyword IEC campaign
Timber marketing
Secure legal rights
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes Special Issue on Smallholder Forestry

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