16 December 2018, Siniloan, Laguna, Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Today, 44 active and inspired staff from Ampere Resources Corporation (ARC) – a trading company engaged in supplying fire stopping products since 2004 – joined in a fun 40 minute trek and near 1 hour planting of 500 Philippine native forest trees in the Sierra Madre Mountain range.
The Laguna Quezon Land Grant is a 9,000 hectare forest located an average 1,500 sq ft above sea level, towards the Laguna border with Quezon province. It is managed by the The reforestation site is managed by FEED’s first and oldest Living Legacy partner the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).
Upon arrival at the site around 8am, the program commenced with some refreshments and registration on site for all participants, followed by a welcome from FEED’s Director of Partnerships, Anne-Marie Mananquil Bakker on the partnership with UPLB, and a Status of Philippine Forests update by Forester Reynaldo E. Lorida. Once the inspirational message was delivered by ARC, the group proceeded to their planting site by means of a slightly adventurous trek.
We are very proud to say that the ARC team planted faster than others, probably due to the combined heat and rains, and upon completion of planting, the keen desire to eat native Binalot rice, chicken and pork adobo prepared by the local community.
FEED also works with the local community to carry out site preparations, nursery establishment, enhancement and adoption programs; tree planting; managing and monitoring; and overall agro-forestry reforestation efforts for the community in the Sierra Madre mountains as an alternative livelihood development and income source.
Thank you ARC Eco-Warriors, May the Forest Be With You Always!
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Photo Collage – Ampere Resources Corp. Tree Planting
Recovering the Philippines’ Forest Cover
The Sierra Madre is the longest mountain range in the Philippines. Running in the north-south direction from the provinces of Cagayan to the north and Quezon to the south, the mountains form the eastern backbone of Luzon Island, the largest island of the archipelago. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east.
The Philippine’s biodiversity is considered one of the richest in the world. But it is also among the most threatened.
The country is losing approximately 47,000 hectares of forest cover every year, according to the data provided by the Forest Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
In 2003, the country’s forests comprised 7.2 million hectares. But in 2010, forest cover went down by 4.6 percent or about 6.8 million hectares.
Gains in National Greening Program
In 2015, a report of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization noted that the Philippines ranked fifth among the 234 countries with the greatest reported gain in forest area annually.
According to FAO’s 2015 Global Forest Resources Assessment, the country increased its forest area to 240,000 hectares per year from 2010 to 2015.
FMB attributed this achievement to the National Greening Program launched in 2011.
The forest rehabilitation program aimed to plant 1.5 billion trees on 1.5 million hectares of forest lands nationwide from 2011 to 2016.
As of December 2017, a total of 1.6 million hectares of forest lands have been rehabilitated under the NGP.
The NGP—now called Enhanced National Greening Program—has been extended to 2028.
With the increasing incidence of devastating typhoons over the years, the slopes and peaks of Sierra Madre have stood their ground to buffer storms before they hit inland and create more havoc. But the Laguna-Quezon Land Grant (LQLG) team believes we may not have this luxury for long.”
“The massive deforestation in the area has significantly weakened the mountain,” said For. Reynaldo E. Lorida, LQLG area manager.
This issue is being addressed by the LQLG team with the launching of the #Greening4SierraMadre campaign during the LQLG 88th Foundation Day at Brgy. Magsaysay, Siniloan, Laguna on Feb. 9, 2018.” (Source: https://legacy.uplb.edu.ph/component/k2/918-laguna-quezon-land-grant-launches-greening4sierramadre-campaign)
In 2015, the Philippine government submitted to the United Nations the country’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The country committed to reduce its carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030. The carbon dioxide reductions will come from the sectors of energy, transport, waste, forestry and industry.
FEED runs a number of Students and Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE); Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – such as mangrove planting for coastal protection or ridge reforestation plantings; One Child, One Tree; Bio-Intensive Gardens (BIG) for nutrition in public elementary schools and other spaces; Climate Change Survival 101 and other LIVING LEGACY programs – customised environmental engagement activities for individuals and organisations interested in contributing to climate change adaptation efforts and greening critical areas such as watersheds, ridges, and reefs that all require rehabilitation.
Join us! Help us reverse the Earth’s “hothouse climate” tipping point.
Tree-Planting with FEED
Check out the video journey by Clueless Commuter who planted with us last 24th of June 2017 to get a good idea of how FEED plantings go: https://youtu.be/KROn4rjVqBg
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