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Ecosystems

Preliminary Assessment of the Banks of Mallig Creek


Fig. 01.  Light and deep violet swaths indicate existing land collapse or potential soil erosion due to lack of ground cover and steep areas along the creek banks. Light green indicates the presence of vegetation but may not  be sufficient to prevent soil erosion or land collapse.

The water in Mallig Creek is brown in color.  This indicates significant bank erosion and soil erosion in areas that empty their rainwater into the creek. We have undertaken preliminary survey of the extent of potential soil erosion and land collapse in the Santo Tomas farms slated for our EcoCulture projects. This assessment will be used to design remediation approaches to avert further erosion in the Santo Tomas farms.

Our goal is to design EcoCulture techniques including the use of pioneer plants that will aid to create the environment that will pave the ground for more stable succession to mature and biodiverse ecosystem.

Read more: Preliminary Assessment of the Banks of Mallig Creek

Recording "deforestation" and soil erosion

Santo Tomas, Naguilian
[20140501: Santo Tomas, Naguilian]

When I was young, there once was in the village of Baculud, Ilagan, Isabela, a flat land just before the steep riverbank. Vast enough to serve as an afternoon promenade just before sundown -- when there was a cool breeze triggered by the temperature difference of the river and the land. The children flew kites, launched paper airplanes or run around with whirling paper propellers;   while the elders watching the young converse about local happenings, national and world events.

Read more: Recording "deforestation" and soil erosion

Historical and projected Philippine population growth; policy implications on land use, food production and resource allocation

Philippine Population Growth 1950-2150
Fig. 01. Philippine Population Growth 1950-2150

The Philippines has passed the 100 million population mark in 2014; rather than in 2010 as projected by the US Census based on the Philippine population growth in the 1960-1970 (green filled circles, Fig. 01). It is good news that the Philippine population growth is starting to slow down without the draconian measures. like the "one-child" policy taken by China. And yet, in spite of the slowing growth rate, the Philippine population will continue to grow; perhaps as  high as 170-200 million before the population would actually decline (Fig. 01). Imagine Metro Manila crowded conditions as the norm in many areas of the Philippines.

 If one takes a more positive outlook, large populations mean a greater market potential (imagine China, India) and to an extent this is already experienced in the Philippines. Without careful planning and vision however, uncontrolled population growth has its ugly side effects -- high unemployment rate, pollution, traffic congestions, housing problems, high cost of food, water, transportation, sociological impacts of crowding, etc. -- a preview of all these are now being experienced by Filipinos. Just imagine what it would be like with 175-200 million Filipinos trying to fit together in the same space.

Read more: Historical and projected Philippine population growth; policy implications on land use, food...