Our Mother Earth is CALLING YOU!
Earth is our city and we are the citizens. I’m here again to promote this advocacy and ask help from you in helping conserve our natural habitat, our environment, our so-called paradise by joining HARIBON Foundation’s ROAD to 2020 Project which aims to restore 1 million hectares of our rainforests and environmental conservation through adopt a seedling campaign and it’s mission. A Go Green Campaign for all us all! Get involve now!
Every year I’ve been joining clean up drive from the mountains that we climb organized by our mountaineering club and tree planting activities as well. This year as I am looking for my next destination I can’t help but notice this advocacy from Haribon Foundation in fact I am encouraging others to join me as well and thought of inviting you guys through this blog. To know more about this project read details below from Haribon Foundation site.
What is ROAD to 2020?
ROAD to 2020 is an environmental conservation movement to restore 1 million hectares of our rainforests using native tree species by year 2020. ROAD stands for Rainforestation Organizations and Advocates. It aims to plant native tree species in order to recover and conserve biodiversity, optimize our supply of forest benefits and ecosystem services, reduce the risk of natural hazards, and enhance options for sustainable livelihood.
From Haribon Foundation’s 1 Million Signature Campaign Against Commercial Logging and Mining in Natural Forests, the renewed campaign is now moving towards the restoration of at least 1 million hectares of rainforests by 2020.
We are currently working with different clusters throughout the country as we work toward restoring the rainforests. These clusters, composed of LGUs, academic institutions, government agencies, NGOs, POs and individuals, are committed to rainforestation and ensuring that ecological benefits from forests are enjoyed by both Filipinos of today and tomorrow, and that our wildlife – our natural heritage will live on.
What is Rainforestation?
There are numerous local initiatives on reforestation in the Philippines. However, many of us still use exotic or “foreign” tree species and in a “monoculture” type of way. Continuing this manner of reforestation does not actually bring us the ecological benefits we need – such as a healthy forest with rich populations of animals and plants, stable abundant water supply, and protection from natural disasters.
Haribon Foundation in partnership with Leyte State University is now promoting rainforestation. Rainforestation is a reforestation strategy that makes use of a variety of NATIVE TREE SPECIES in the Philippines.
Why is Rainforestation Important?
The RAINFOREST is our Social Security System. It freely provides us with water, food, medicine, and shelter. The rainforest protects us from the onlaught of typhoons and landslides.
Yet we have taken the rainforest for granted over the past decades. We have only 5.39 million hectares or 18% of the Philippines’ total land area that is covered with forest (ESSC, 1999).
Let us arrest forest degradation before we and our children end up without water, food, shelter, and protection.
Rainforestation recognizes local people’s participation in all stages of forest management – a key to success in forest rehabilitation.
Ecological benefits of Rainforest
- Effective carbon sequesters
- Regulates climate
- Clean water, clean air and a healthier environment
- Stable watershed function and nutrient cycles
- Steady supply of food and shelter for wildlife
- Sufficient supply of seeds and wildlings
- Protection from heavy rains and storms
- Windbreaker, prevention of flash floods and landslides
- Revival of Philippine rainforests and biodiversity
Economic benefits of Rainforestation
Income can be derived from the following:
- Root crops and other cash crops
- Fruit trees (e.g. rambutan, lanzones, pineapple, marang and durian) and vegetables
- Wildlings and non-timber forest products (e.g. rattan, buho, nito)
- Continuous water supply for agriculture and home-use
- Let’s Save Philippines by Planting Trees – One Road to 2020 (kalongkong.wordpress.com)
- Haribon Foundation is CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS! (kalongkong.wordpress.com)
- Haribon Foundation’s Buhay Punlaan Opens to Volunteers! (kalongkong.wordpress.com)
- Haribon sets tree planting (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- There’s No Such Thing as Sustainable & Profitable Logging in Rainforests (treehugger.com)
- RIO+20: Reforestation Pledges Reach Only 12 Percent of Target (ipsnews.net)
- Deforestation falls again (guardian.co.uk)