Project properties

Title Sustainable NTFP exploitation in a national park in Palawan, Philippines
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type internship
Credits 27
Supervisor(s) Staff at Centre for Sustainability, Palawan, Philippines
Pieter Zuidema
Examiner(s) Prof. Dr. P.A. (Pieter) Zuidema
Contact info Pieter.zuidema@wur.nl
https://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Persons/dr.-PA-Pieter-Zuidema.htm
Begin date 2017/04/01
End date
Description The Centre for Sustainability (CS) in the Philippines is a non-profit environmental organisation working on sustainable community development in Palawan. Through the Student Program, CS gives students from around the globe the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm regarding sustainable development in their field of science.

The local population in and around the protected area Cleopatra�s Needle Forest (Palawan) harvests resin from large Agathis trees. The resin that is harvested by removing bark from the trees is used to produce incense. Large-scale or frequent debarking causes trees to loose vigour and may cause tree death. Yet, harvested resin provides an important source of income for indigenous Batak people. Thus, this socio-economic necessity has to be balanced with the need to conserve this unique forest and its giant Agathis trees. Previously, two MFN students have conducted an internship on the effects of resin tapping on tree and population health. Follow-up studies are needed and possible, especially since the forest area has recently been declared �Critical habitat�.

You will work in paired teams of local and international students, as this maximizes the transfer of knowledge and increases the potential success of the joint project. Palawan is considered �the last ecological frontier� of the Philippines: it is a biodiversity hotspot and has a high number of endemic species and a high forest cover.

During your internship you gain fieldwork experience in the tropics, you interact with local students, learn the local language and discover Palawan in your free time. You will also learn how to work in a developing country, improve your communication and organization skills, and experience the appreciation of the local people for your work.

More information on CS: www.centreforsustainability.org
Starting date: open

Forest management, NTFPs, Asia, tropical zone
Used skills
Requirements No courses required. Recommended courses: Forest Ecology and Management; Resource Dynamics & Sustainable Utilization