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Philippines Protected Reforestation
About this Project
Deforestation in the Philippines primarily began in the 1960s and has since destroyed nearly 90% of the forest, displacing rural community members. Logging, slash-and-burn agriculture, land development, and forest fires are major factors contributing to this high deforestation rate. Starting in the 1960s, Philippine mahogany was cut down almost entirely to extinction. The disappearance of these trees led to soil erosion, contaminated waterways, and indigenous communities displaced from their land. As more forest is lost, biodiversity drops, plant, and animal species go extinct, and indigenous communities lose the productivity of their land.
How you can help
47,000 hectares of forest are destroyed each year in the Philippines, whist 17% of the population live below the poverty line. Supporting reforestation in these sites helps not only preserve the local forest on indigenous land, but also helps local community to address fire prevention and management, train and implement sustainable farming practices, and even help the community fulfil an agreement with their government to legally acquire the land they inhabit through reforestation.
📐16,000+ Hectares under management
🏞️ 5 active forest sites
🌱 20,000 seedlings per month
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