A Reforestation project enforcing the Filipino community to plant indigenous trees and propagate seedlings
One of the serious threats to our country's natural ecosystems is the invasion of alien tree species. It is a great concern especially for biodiversity conservation. The problem, if not properly addressed, may result to the domination of these foreign species and may eventually annihilate the countries' native tree species, severely damaging our forest ecosystems that serve as habitats to a great diversity of plant and animal life.
Hence, The TREES4Life: Tubong Pinoy Movement is an advocacy campaign for the conservation and preservation of the indigenous and endemic tree species of the Philippines.
It fosters the propagation, planting and nurturing of these indigenous and endemic tree species and the popularization of their use in different tree conservation activities. It encourages the participation of forest-dependent communities through livelihood activities such as gathering of indigenous seeds, propagation of seedlings and planting of trees.
Likewise, TREES4Life: Tubong Pinoy Movement is a campaign to gather a critical mass consisting of the government, environmentalists, NGOs (non-government organizations), corporations, cause-oriented groups and other tree advocates to promote the program and plant a total of 10 million native trees in ten years.
To be able to achieve its objectives, the following component projects shall be implemented under the program in several project sites:
The nursery serves as a permanent national seedling bank of endemic and indigenous tree species wherein different individuals and organizations involved in tree conservation activities (i.e. reforestation, watershed rehabilitation and landscaping) can acquire their planting material requirements. The nursery is located in a two-hectare lot at Sitio B-Uno, Brgy. Canlubang, Calamba City, Province of Laguna and currently houses at least 50,000 seedlings of around 70 different indigenous and endemic tree species.
The Mount Halcon Heritage Forest Museum Project will be located in a 2000-hectare forest land under the stewardship of the Iraya Palamutan Pagkapian Organization (IPPO), a local organization of Mangyans or Mindoro's Indigenous People. It is located in Sitio Ariguy, Brgy. Calangatan, San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro. To assist IPPO and its members in their desire to uplift their socio-economic status while maintaining the integrity of their environment, EDNPI partnered with IPPO and other stakeholders to develop IPPO's CBFM area into the Mount Halcon Heritage Forest Museum.
The project area will also be developed into a tree museum where students can come and learn. It can also serve as outdoor biology/ecology laboratory for these students. Further, university professors, researchers and students will also be encouraged to conduct their researches, thesis and practicum on the project site.
The project is to be implemented in the Ancestral Domain (AD) Area of indigenous Aeta communities in Mount Linitan, Botolan, Zambales. The area, with a size of at least 16,000 hectares, was awarded to them by the Philippine Government to recognize their rights to their ancestral domain and lands. The area protects the springs that provide water to the Aeta communities and the natural resources found within it provides for most of the needs of the local communities.
The main activity of the project is to assist the local upland and/or indigenous communities in bringing back the biodiversity in their area through the rehabilitation of their forest resources.
The project is also intended to serve as a model or template for other communities in managing their own forest resources while also addressing their livelihood needs.
The project sites are community villages build by Gawad Kalinga (GK) to provide decent housing facilities to the homeless and liberate them from poverty by providing alternative livelihood sources.
Five (5) sites shall iniatially be developed through EDNP and GK's partnership. Through the partnership, a community nursery shall be established in each of these villages to provide them with an alternative source of income and sources of planting materials for their tree planting activities. Also, Tree Parks shall be established in each of the five (5) selected GK Villages. Each tree park shall be planted with different indigenous and endemic tree species of the Philippines. Each planted tree shall be labeled properly to help educate the local communities about the different local tree species and their importance.
As of the moment, Saudi Arabia GK Village, Padre Burgos, Quezon has already set-up its Tree Park.
This component project aims to educate different groups on the importance of preserving the country's biodiversity resources and trains them on different ways to conserve these resources. The project will include seminar-workshops on biodiversity conservation developed for government officials, school administrators, property developers, NGOs and other groups through the help of the experts on these fields. Topics covered include those on "Urban Greening: The Indigenous Way" and on "Bringing Back Biodiversity in an Urban Setting.