• Journal calls for contributors on the environment


    THE technical journal Sylvatrop has invited contributors to publish original works in the peer-reviewed publication, which has just been recognized for its expert knowledge on environment issues such as climate change’s adverse effects.

    Sylvatrop’s publishers, an editorial team of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau or ERDB, announced the invitation for contributors to the research magazine-type publication. ERDB is an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

    “It must be something about applied research relevant to DENR mandates and addresses certain clientele needs. It must have current social, economic, or cultural and environmental significance to government and private sector,” according to the technical journal headed by Editor-in-Chief Antonio M. Daño.

    Sylvatrop is an ISI (International Scientific Indexing)-indexed journal whose publication is produced in abstract form by the Abstract Bibliography of Tropical Forestry (Philippines), Documentation Center on Tropical Forestry (Philippines), Forestry Abstract (Oxford, UK); Chemical Abstracts (Ohio, USA), and Asia Science Research Reference (India).

    It is both useful and prestigious to be published in an ISI-indexed journal as an ISI indexing validated stamp gives one the advantage of knowing the impact of his work to an intended audience. ISI indexing also increases visibility of a work to other expert groups on environment issues.

    Sylvatrop is also accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-Philippines.

    As it celebrates its fortieth year since since first publication in 1976, Sylvatrop was recognized by the DENR, which just ran an exhibit at its Diliman, Quezon City office in Sylvatrop’s honor.

    Sylvatrop has published more than 70 issues with more than 300 articles in the last 40 years.
    Published once-a-year, Sylvatrop in the last two years has delved into such topics as:

    Hazards recorded in the map of the San Cristobal watershed (Laguna, Cavite, Batangas) using geographic information system data together with recommendations on mitigating potential adverse effects of soil erosion and water pollution. The watershed’s upstream part was known to be highly vulnerable to soil erosion.

    Vulnerability of the Sablayan (Kisloyan subwatershed, Mindoro) to landslide and recommendations addressing this. While the watershed is a source of water of the Magasawang Tubig River that provides irrigation and domestic water to three big towns and is a natural habitat for endangered flora and fauna, it is threatened because of nickel and cobalt extraction.

    Ability of jatropha for carbon sequestration as found in a carbon analyses of plants ages 5-42 months taken from Nueva, Ecija, Laguna, Quezon, Camarines Sur, and North and South Cotabato. Through reforestation using jatropha, local governments can significantly prevent emission of the pollutant carbon dioxide (CO2) to the environment.

    “One of the most pressing problems nowadays is global warming brought about by the increasing levels of greenhouse gases, particularly CO2 to the atmosphere. Plants take up CO2 from the atmosphere and store the carbon in their biomass (roots, stems and foliage) through the process of photosynthesis,” according to the Sylvatrop study.

    A study on vulnerability to soil erosion, landslide, drought, fire and loss of biodiversity of the environment
    surrounding the watersheds of La Mesa (Quezon City), Buhisan (Cebu), and Naguilian (Benguet) has also been published in Sylvatrop.

    As a result of science-based studies, recommendations are published in Sylvatrop, including ways to arrest or address disasters brought about by climate change’s associated increase in temperature, and the increasing intensity of the drought phenomenon El Niño, or of the heavy storms causing extensive flooding that characterize the La Niña.

    Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau


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