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DENR 6 chief lauds ‘Project CoCo’ for engaging youth

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- “Project Coco,” also known as (Collect & Connect): Collect Seedlings to Connect with Nature initiative of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Aklan received a commendation from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6 regional director Livino B. Duran.

This pioneering initiative of the Youth Desk Officers (YDO) of the said agency taught students the importance of environmental protection and conservation in a two-week running period held in September this year, giving them enough time to collect seedlings and wildlings within their surrounding environment.

It has targeted to collect 20,000 wild seedlings which were turned over to the PENRO Aklan during the on-site program and activities.

“It is a commendable thing to help the students understand their role in our quest for sustainability. They may be young, but they can do something for the environmental sustainability of their future and the future of those who will come after them,” said Duran.

For every 30 seedlings of high-valued forest products such as narra, acacia, mahogany, among others, students

exchanged these for either a notebook, a correction tape, or an intermediate pad.

Duran added that Project CoCo’s experiential learning approach enhanced the students’ scientific knowledge and appreciation of their environment, and also helped the young ones embrace sustainable practices that will benefit the upland community.

Moreover, Forester Kynth Edrel B. Rebaño of PENRO Aklan taught the students about native plant species, their significance, and the process of seedlings collection while YDO Joann C. Inguin provided the students with step-by-step guidelines to qualify and avail of the project.

In a website post, the DENR 6 highlighted that engaging the youth in wild seedlings collection is a means to produce alternative planting materials and combat deforestation.

It added that initiatives such as Project CoCo will allow them to learn the

impactful value of being instruments to help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. (AAL/AGP/PIA 6 with reports from DENR 6)

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