Collaborative Governance of Watersheds Towards Water Security for the Province of Cebu: Issues and Gaps
Mr. Joselito T. Sumabat (Coastal Resources and Ecotourism Research, Development and Extension Center,DENR-Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau)
Countries like the Philippines which are very much vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, trees in urban environment are indispensable. They offer shade, provide cooling effect, help control air pollution and enhance aesthetic value of the place. However, poor know-
how on urban tree health management and/or lack of tree appreciation by the urban residents, public utility maintenance contractors or by maintenance crews not only result to defective and unsightly trees but to high risk trees.
The application of technologies on urban tree health management helps control wood decay primarily due to harmful fungi, offers longevity/extension of tree life, brings back beauty and form, and most especially, reduces risk of accidental fall that might harm human lives and properties. Obviously, unlike developed countries, maintenance of trees in the country’s urban areas, especially those in roadsides are generally neglected. Though many show pure concern, nobody takes the responsibility.
This paper presents some experiences and initiatives on urban tree health assessment and management as well as issues and challenges confronting urban tree health management. It also presents an assessment tool developed to guide LGUs, DENR field offices and other concerned offices in validating urban trees reported to be posing danger to lives and properties and some recommended actions to eliminate or reduce these conditions.
resilience; global commons; environmental protection; green government; extractive industries; climate change mitigation; disaster risk reduction and management, etc.