|Town/Region||Samar Island Natural Park|
|Date||6 Apr 2018|
Orchidaceous species of Samar will be used as flagship for conservation of three forest types: tropical lowland evergreen forest, forest over ultramafic substrate and forest over limestone formation. Permanent monitoring plots will be established and distribution maps of species will be produced. The project envisions conserving not only the endangered orchids, rather, to protect and conserve forest landscapes from further degradation. Being a permanent monitoring plot, this can also serve as a venue for students, aspiring researchers, ecologists, and environmental workers to conduct long-term research on floristics, ecological studies, environmental valuation, and even fauna and flora composition and diversity surveys.
Aside from this, the project is expected to inspire young conservationists through educating the local students on the current trends and status of the forest and its implications in their daily lives. They will be able to develop an appreciation of the significance of conservation of natural resources. Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Initiatives will enhance the capacity of local forest guards towards implementing conservation programs. The indigenous people will also be educated through the CEPA initiatives and dissemination of modified conservation campaign materials that best suit the local setting.
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