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Monday, November 15, 2010

Restore our Forests | Fight Global Warming

The ROAD to 2020’s ultimate goal is to restore 1 million hectares of Philippine rainforests with native or indigenous tree species.

In the 1920s, the Philippines had 97% of its land area covered with forests. Today, we only have 5.39M hectares of rainforest, which comprise of only 18% of our country's total land area.

Reforestation counters global warming, improves watershed function and water. Furthermore, it protects us during extreme weather conditions, stops soil erosion or siltation, and promotes conservation of our diverse wildlife species. Ensuring that we have rainforest cover will provide sustainable livelihoods to local communities and abundant water supply for agriculture and household use.

Having planted 282.36 hectares since the start of the campaign in 2007, the goal of the Million Hectare Challenge may seem overwhelming. However, consider that there are over 90M Filipinos, we come up with a realistic scenario of implementing this campaign over a 10 year timeline.

7,981 marine species
5,072 bird species
174 mammals

Let’s not wait until it is too late. Or these treasures will be gone forever.


Video Copyright of Haribon Foundation.

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