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Ipo Watershed Reforestation with DENR, Eco Explorations, Forest Foundation
The Mount Balagbag Reforestation and Empowerment Project focuses on Mt. Balagbag part of Ipo Watershed. This watershed is integral in producing water for majority of Metro Manila and is a rich biodiversity site. In past years it has suffered from deforestation caused by timber poaching, logging for charcoal and forest fires, which has left large areas of the mountain bare.
Eco Explorations, the partner social and environmental enterprise of Philippine Parks and Biodiversity, has been granted by the National Greening Program of the DENR 30 hectares with the objective of transforming the adopted site of the watershed into a healthier state through reforestation as well as through effective maintenance and protection efforts through privately-employed Bantay Gubat/Forest Rangers.
Through our partnerships, and through the support of Forest Foundation, we are working together to:
(1) Reforest an initial 10 hectares in Year 1 by setting up a native tree nursery
(2) Empower individuals and groups to take part in tree planting and nurturing efforts will enable environmental awareness and proactive action in conservation by the general public, hopefully creating advocates who understand the value of watersheds, appreciate biodiversity and are not only aware of environmental issues but are empowered to be part of the solutions to respond to what plagues the environment.
(3) Empower the Bantay Gubat/Forest Rangers who will be equipped through capacity building and training to do their roles effectively.
If you are a company or an individual and want to contribute to the work we do, or host a tree planting or nurturing session with your organizaton, contact us and let’s collaborate!
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