20 May 2023, Laguna Quezon Land Grant, Siniloan, Laguna. 120 keen EcoWarriors from Bolloré Logistics Asia Services Support Inc. (BLASSI) added another 750 trees to their Sierra Madre forest presence today, after having installed their first forest in August 2022.
They also prepared an additional 750 seedlings to buttress the central nursery at the Laguna Quezon Land Grant, part of an over 9,000 hectare forest reserve protected and managed by FEED’s longest Living Legacy partner, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) – adding a total of 1,500 native Philippine trees to the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, our first barrier against major easterly typhoons.
It was an intense day, which started with most of us waking pre-dawn from Manila and other parts, to convoy to the LQLG site situated to the east of Laguna Lake, where we had a briefing with participants on the Ridge to REEForestation community based approach of FEED, leading to the stretching and warm up for all, prior to our short trek to the central nursery to commence the soilbagging of 750 wildlings was done in a friendly contest format amongst the 6 groups competing for the best quality seedlings, volume and teamwork – a tight race that continued up to the 35 minute trek to the planting site where another 750 native Philippine forest trees were planted by each of the six groups.
Participants we triggered to do well at all times, since there were cash and other prize giveaways to be awarded after the native Boodle Fight also prepared by the local community chefs – definitely a reward well earned for all involved!
GPS Coordinates of BLASSI Planting Site
Use any GPS (Global Positioning System) software / applications to input the latitude and longitude coordinates to be able to remotely see the location of your trees planted. Some examples include:
GPS Coordinates to follow.
About Bolloré Logistics Asia Support Services, Inc. (BLASSI) Philippines
Ang lokal na pangkat ng Bolloré Logistics ay nagbibigay ng pandaigdigang serbisyong pandagat at panghimpapawid na sakop ang lahat ng paliparan sa Pilipinas, daungan, at mga PEZA zone. Ang lokal na serbisyo ay umaabot din sa custom at compliance management, at naghahatid sa buong 7,000 isla sa bansa, gayundin sa imbakan at serbisyo ng pamamahagi.
Ang malakas na kasanayan sa lokal ay napaunlad sa pangunahing hanay tulad ng Aerospace, Aid & Relief, Healthcare, High Tech, Luxury Fashion, Perfumes & Cosmetics, Power Technologies, at Telecom.
Know more here: https://www.bollore-logistics.com/en/country/philippines/
BLASSI ON SUSTAINABILITY
POWERING SUSTAINABLE LOGISTICS: OUR COMMITMENT PROGRAM DEPLOYED INTERNATIONALLY BY ALL OUR BUSINESS ACTIVITIES
Defined collectively with our customers and employees, this program consists of four pillars for action in line with the CSR focus areas of Bolloré Group. Founded on standard ISO 26000 for assessing the CSR issues of stakeholders, it mobilizes all actors in the company around 11 commitments with quantified objectives to reach by 2030 and targets in particular, 8 UN’ Sustainable Development Goals. Its integration, both in operations and the sales offer, is part of Bolloré Logistics’ global approach of progress and performance. Quantified results and deployment of action plans are published each year.
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Bolloré Logistics’ main mission is to ensure the health and safety of its employees and third parties within the framework of its international activities. In a multi-cultural context, the company also intends to give value to all its talented people, without discrimination, encourage gender equality and social inclusion, while ensuring the respect and promotion of human and fundamental rights in the entire supply chain.
Read more on Bolloré Logistics here: https://www.bollore-logistics.com/en/csr/
- Bolloré and Antrak Logistics Add 400 Native Trees & 200 Seedlings to their Sierra Madre Forest (27 Aug 2022)
- Bolloré Logistics Asia Services Support Inc. Plants their First Forest in Sierra Madres (06 Aug 2022)
On Carbon Sequestration – How Much CO2 can our trees absorb?
Trees are often referred to as the “lungs of the Earth” as they are able to store carbon and produce oxygen, which is essential to many life forms. Trees also stabilise soil and reduce air temperature and humidity, whilst also reducing flooding and improving water quality. Without trees, most fauna and flora would not survive, what more humans?
It is widely accepted that a typical tree can absorb around 22 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year when in fully grown status, meaning that saplings, seedlings and younger trees – whether mangroves or primary or secondary forest trees – absorb around half, so conservatively say 11 kgs per year (also widely used by most international forestry agencies around the world).
So, over a lifetime of a tropical tree (100 years), one tree can absorb around 1 tonne of CO2. Although this figure seems large, it should be measured in perspective: to date we humans generate around 40 billions tonnes of CO2 each year on Earth. Which means, that we need to plant 40 billion trees annually to offset these emissions.
How Trees Secretly Talk to Each Other (BBC News)
Trees talk and share resources right under our feet, using a fungal network nicknamed the Wood Wide Web. Some plants use the system to support their offspring, while others hijack it to sabotage their rivals.
View original video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPC29Rwr6Pg
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