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DENR holds forest survey and delineation in Kalinga April 7, 2009

Posted by Bahadir Sahin in English, Haber (News).
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The forest cover of the province will be surveyed by the regional appraisal and delineation team of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to establish boundaries between forestlands, national parks, and agricultural lands; and determine the actual area for Congress to enact policies relative to forest protection and land use.

DENR Administrative Order No. 2008-24 dated Dec. 8, 2008 reiterates the policy of the state to ensure protection and sustainable development of forestlands, national parks and the resources therein, as well as to accelerate the disposition and adjudication of agricultural lands.

This was announced by forester Nicanor Baltazar, team leader from DENR during their public consultations in the municipalities culminating in Balbalan, which has the widest protected area in the province.

He said those they consulted were all positive about the project. “We did not encounter any adverse position from the people we consulted. We hope this project will be finished end of this year so that the result will be immediately submitted to Congress,” Baltazar said, adding that the survey started this month and ends this December.

“All available master plans and survey literatures like the comprehensive land use plans and land classification maps will be gathered to serve as reference and guides for correction,” Baltazar said.

The sangguniang panlalawigan approved the conduct of the survey.

Forester Noel Barientos of DENR-Kalinga, said the global positioning system will be used with the aid of transit. All available reference maps and other relevant information are gathered, compiled, and integrated. The team will also seek guidance from the Philippine Reference System.

Data gathered will be integrated into the Geographical Information System, and integrated system of hardware, software, personnel and procedures for the capture, storage, analysis, manipulation, and display of geographically-referenced spatial data.

Data from these satellite-generated data gathering instruments are processed through a conversion map that transforms spatial information indicated on maps to digital format in order to organize these information into GIS-compatible datasets.

Barientos said Kalinga has more than 263,000 hectares of forest area. “One of the purposes of this appraisal and delineation is to correct land classification surveys conducted in the past,” he said.

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