“We Plant as One!” – Another 3,000 Trees Added to Grow EcoMatcher’s 24,500 Sierra Madre Protected Forest Reserve

26 March 2020, Laguna Quezon Land Grant, Siniloan, Laguna.  EcoMatcher Ltd. continue to utilize the latest technology to be able to remotely monitor the 3,000 tress planted in Siniloan, Laguna in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range during the global Corona virus pandemic.

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Field Manager of the Laguna Quezon Land Grant, Forester Reynaldo E. Lorida

Laguna-Quezon Land Grant Forester Reynaldo E. Lorida, together with the dedicated remaining 6 professional forest guards continue to patrol, protect and nurture the over 9,000 hectare protected forest reserve managed by FEED’s longest serving Living Legacy institutional partner, the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB). He says: “Usually, the forest reserve is managed by 28 permanent forest guards, who originate from in and around Barangay Magsaysay and Siniloan, with their families also sometimes contract hired to help stock up and managed the nursery  for plantings brought about by FEED. We have had to train and upgrade the skillset when hiring new community based workers, and thankfully, they are very eager to learn and be a part of our reforestation activities, as they increasingly realise the importance of maintaining our native species, enhancing diversity in mimicking the forest we are protecting, and ultimately it provides an alternative livelihood for the community, which is much needed during these very difficult times“.

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Pieter E.M. Bakker, FEED Strategic Advisor (pictured far right)

“Due to the disruptive and increasing climate-related catastrophes during early 2020, from the Taal Volcano eruption in January to now Covid-19, FEED is working to conceive and set-up new and relevant Climate Change Action Programs under our Living Legacy initiative, in order to share knowledge and skills on environmental conservation, holistic ecological protection of critical ecosystems and preservation of different indigenous forest tree species. We have also encouraged the UPLB’s recommended adoption of agro-forestry approaches to ensure food and water security in these protected areas with the local communities directly involved. We are also pleased to witness a definite shift in the communities’ approach to sustainable management of these resources we rely on for livelihood, evidenced in their appropriate care for their homes and environments, including taking practical steps towards proper waste segregation, water conservation and organic food (native vegetable & fruit tree) production”, says FEED Strategy Advisor Pieter E.M. Bakker.

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Prof. Emeritus Dr. A.K. Raymundo of UPLB (FEED Advisor) with Ma. Rovelyn D. Tumaneng & John Marlon P. Magbuo – Undergraduate Thesis Grantees of FEED in 2019.

The COVID-19 global pandemic in turns calls for a global response to humanity’s interaction with and disruptive, destructive manipulation of Nature. But this crisis  also presents us with the opportunity to turn the tide, to not only speak about our better appreciation of the significance of our Earth but to also make the necessary steps to ameliorate the way we live, consume and carry about business in a more sustainable, respectable manner,” says Prof. Emeritus, Dr. Asuncion K. Raymundo, FEED Advisor.

Despite of the lockdown EcoMatcher and the 6 out of 28 permanent Forest Guard EcoWarriors were proud to add carbon sequestration capacity to the southern part of Sierra Madre Mountain Range, knowing that now more than ever the forest is essential to our sustenance and life on our one home Planet Earth.  “We plant as one!” they proclaimed.

About EcoMatcher Ltd.

FEED has been planting with EcoMatcher since 2017 under FEED’s LIVING LEGACY program, and all we can say is thank you and more power to your advocacy. You have reached clients from around the world as far as France and the US to enable us to restore the Sierra Madres to her original glory.

An additional and increasingly in-demand feature of EcoMatcher’s tree-plantings include the capturing of individual tree-specific images, farmers/foresters/community planters names, mobile numbers and Global Positioning System (GPS) tags, using EcoMatcher’s unique TreeCorder application – which enables those who adopted these trees through EcoMatcher with FEED to remotely monitor your tree, from anywhere in the world.

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Why EcoMatcher

Business Opportunities
More and more companies are starting to realize that climate change and sustainability is a business opportunity, not a burden. Customers and employees are demanding action. Companies, however, need trustworthy partners that offer transparent sustainability solutions

Welcome to EcoMatcher
Through EcoMatcher, companies can plant trees, use them in innovative ways and improve their businesses. For example, companies can use the EcoMatcher platform to gift trees they plant on behalf of the customers, or plant a whole forest and distribute the trees to each of their employees, or gift trees as a reward for finalizing a survey. The possibilities are endless.

So how we do that?
We partner with vetted foundations from around the world that specialize in tree planting. Through our platform, you have access to information about every tree you plant, and you can tap on cool digital technologies to make the best use of the trees you have planted. We cannot change the world by ourselves, however with a bigger team effort we can make a difference, while improving our businesses at the same time.

More here: https://www.ecomatcher.com/

NATURE IS SPEAKING (Narrated by Julia Roberts)

What can I do to stop climate change?

“As the world warms, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense, sea levels are rising, prolonged droughts are putting pressure on food crops, and many animal and plant species are being driven to extinction. It’s hard to imagine what we as individuals can do to resolve a problem of this scale and severity.

The good news: We are not alone. People, communities, cities, businesses, schools, faith groups and other organizations are taking action. We’re fighting like our lives depend on it — because they do.

In a world of more than seven billion people, each of us is a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, we can fill any bucket.” –  David Suzuki

Check out some of the ways you can take more climate change action.

For example, Climate Action groups are the local solution to a global crisis. Right now people just like you are coming together to develop practical, local solutions and make their towns and cities more climate-friendly. Are you ready to join them? Find out what’s happening near you.

More here: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate-change/what-can-I-do-to-stop-climate-change

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Contact FEED

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.

Join us!  Help us reverse the Earth’s “hothouse climate” tipping point.

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Contact us at FEED for more details, to join our regular activities or to design your own tree-nurturing eventinfo@feed.org.ph or call/text +63 (0)917 552 4722.

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