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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Philippines 2017

Submitted by: Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources, Inc.
Project: Rainforestation Organizations and Advocates

Restoration of the island’s ecosystem by improving from 5.8 million hectares of forest to the islands capacity of 30 million hectares in the long term, by 2020 the aim is to replenish 1 million hectares. Recovery of diminishing tree species and introduction of new compatible species of tree as well as engaging volunteers in community improving training and work.

Initial situation
Since the 1600’s the island’s 30 million hectares of forest have been drastically reduced to 5.8 million. There are many indigenous species of tree which are in danger of being lost unless action is taken to aid their recovery.

Solution
Haribons efforts have restored forests in 26 municipalities amounting to 592 hectares of forest, engaged over 14,000 volunteers and provided work and adequate access to superior nutrition to local communities. This can be maintained and improved by the establishment of a local tree nursery, more training to be provided to local communities and investment in key aspects of the project.

Innovation
Training in the identification of local tree species has been provided allowing the project to locate, identify and re-seed 50 species of tree including trees in danger of being lost to the world. The 2 hectare site has been instrumental in growing 50,000 saplings for planting. These trees are needed to restore the Philippine Islands ecosystem to its former status and reach the target of 1 million hectares by 2020.

Involved partners
Local Peoples Organisations, The Rainforestation Organizations and Advocates, The Rainforest Restoration Initiative, Local Government Units, Buhay Punlaan (Native Tree Nusery)

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Jury-Rating
This project aims to restore a large quality of the islands lost tree life and in effect put people to work so that they can learn new skills, provide for their families and improve their homes and communities. Greater nutrition has been afforded for the local communities by the growth of fresh fruit and root vegetables.



Capital: Manila
Official language: Filipino, English
Total area: 299.764 km²
Population: 94.013.200
GDP/Capita/Year: $2.255
Source: Wikipedia 2012