DENR warns against agarwood poaching | Inquirer News

DENR warns against agarwood poaching

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ILOILO CITY — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has issued a stern warning against poaching of the endangered agarwood tree locally known as Lapnisan, the world’s most valuable forest product due to its distinct fragrance.

DENR Western Visayas Regional Executive Director Livino Duran last week emphasized the agency’s commitment to environmental preservation and the importance of curbing illegal activities that threaten flora and fauna.


The resinous wood of the Lapnisan tree is used as incense with medicinal properties. Its pure resin, when distilled, is utilized as an essential oil and a component in perfumes.


While the propagation of the agarwood tree is permitted, the collection of seeds directly from the wild is strictly prohibited.

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Duran urged individuals to obtain permits and seek clarification from the DENR to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

At least 10 persons were caught in possession of 1.35 kilograms of agarwood valued at P216,000 in Malinao town, Aklan in December 2023.

In January, a poacher with 2.630 kilograms of agarwood worth P1.97 million was arrested during a wildlife monitoring patrol in Nabas town, Aklan.

Commonly referred to as the “Wood of the Gods,” the Aquilaria malaccensis species of agarwood is listed as endangered while seven other species are categorized as vulnerable under DENR regulations.


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The overall status of agarwood as a threatened plant species in the country necessitates strict identification measures.

Those apprehended for poaching face charges under various environmental laws, including the violation of the Revised Forestry Code, Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, and the Expanded National Integrated Protected Area Systems Act.

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The DENR’s proactive stance aims to safeguard these valuable trees and preserve the ecosystem.

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