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Conservation Biology

Amoroso, Victor [1], Acma, Florfe [2], Coritico, Fulgent [3], Lagunday, Noel [2], Salolog, Mary Cor [2], Colong, Ruel [4].

Floral diversity assessment of the buffer zones and vicinity of the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (MHRWS), Davao Oriental, Philippines: basis for inclusion to protected area zone.

A municipal ordinance to expand the protected area of the MHRWS was issued in 2016 with the aim of protecting and preserving the remaining biodiversity of the buffer zones and to fortify the core zone. However, the municipal ordinance has limitations and does not guarantee legal promulgation. Hence, this study is on the gathering of complete and concrete floral data so that these expansion sites will become part of the protected area and encompassed in legal promulgations. Botanical fieldworks were carried out in the MHRWS expansion sites, which disclosed 235 species of plants. Of these, 132 species were trees and shrubs, 29 other flowering plants and 74 ferns and lycophytes. There were three new records of ferns and lycophytes increasing the number of species from 152 to 155. There are 13 (5.5%) threatened species, 25 (10.5%) endemic species and 66 (28%) economically important species. The proposed expansion sites harbor diverse threatened, endemic and economically important species of plants deserving protection and conservation efforts. Results of this study support the contention that the expansion sites, which are included in the municipal ordinances, be part of the official protected area.

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1 - Central Mindanao University, Biology, University Town, Musuan, Bukidnon, 8710, Philippines
2 - Central Mindanao University, Biology, Musuan, Bukidnon, Philippines
3 - Central Mindanao University, Center For Biodiversity Research And Extension In Mindanao (CEBREM), University Town, Musuan, BUK, 8710, Philippines
4 - Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Davao Oriental Province, Philippines

Mt. HamiguitanĀ 

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 43, Conservation Biology II
Location: 106/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
Time: 2:15 PM
Number: 43004
Abstract ID:518
Candidate for Awards:None

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