• WWF to restore Abuan river, Sierra Madre watershed

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    ILAGAN CITY: An international environment conservation organization is set to restore the Abuan river located in the eastern part of this city including its 2,000-hectare watershed area at the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park.

    The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Philippines said people depend on rivers, thus the need to restore the river, which gives not only economic but ecological benefits to numerous villagers.

    “A total of 20,000 fruit bearing trees is also being readied to be planted at the Abuan river’s watershed area,” said Luis Caraan, project manager of WWF Abuan river Integrated Management Project.

    Caraan said that after having a consensus between WWF and the local government of Ilagan City “we prefer this time to plant fruit bearing trees instead of hardwood lumber species due to rampant illegal cutting at the watershed area.”

    In another development, Mayor Jose Marie Diaz said “the [Abuan] river is a potential area for whitewater rafting and kayaking.”

    On November 22, Diaz said, the National Geographic Channel start-ed working on a documentary featuring Abuan river in coordination with the local government unit of Ilagan and the WWF.

    Leander C. Domingo

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