FEATURE: AFoCO’s First Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) Initiative

10월 10, 2019

Restoring degraded forest ecosystems in the Philippines through Assisted Natural Regeneration

This year marks the successful completion of a five-year Regional Cooperation Project under AFoCO. The AFoCO Project entitled “Capacity Building on the Application of Landscape Approach to Support the Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore” (AFoCO-BIPS Project) was launched in 2016 in line with the Organization’s efforts to strengthen transboundary cooperation among the forestry sectors of Member Countries.

Under this project, the Philippines implemented an in-country project program on the “Restoration of Degraded Forest Ecosystem through Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR)”, which aimed to capacitate the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) technicians and practitioners as well as concerned stakeholders within the identified project area in implementing ANR technologies as a strategy for the restoration of the country’s degraded forestlands.

In partnership with the Malatapi Community Livelihood Center Incorporate (MCLCI), a community-based forest management People’s Organization, DENR facilitated the development of a 30-hectare demonstration plot in Central Luzon, which became the learning hub for restoration and rehabilitation strategies for natural forests.

Ms. Evelyn Grace, president of the People’s Organization recounts, “The project has contributed greatly towards the restoration of our community-based forest management (CBFM) area. Before the project, the forest area covered by the demonstration plot was often damaged by fires due to various causes such as kaingin (a.k.a. slash and burn) farming and hunting activities. With the presence of the project and the intensified patrolling by our community members, the occurrence of fires and other illegal activities have been minimized, if not totally eradicated.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Nonito M. Tamayo, Director of the Forest Management Bureau is very much appreciative of the project results, saying that good practices and lessons learned from the project are valuable inputs in enhancing the country’s policies, initiatives, and practices in restoring natural forests through the ANR approach.

Philippines intends to share the project results with other AFoCO Member Countries through the project completion report together with Brunei, Indonesia, and Singapore.   

[Project Information]

Title: Capacity Building for Landscape Approach to Support the Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore (AFoCO BIPS Project)

Budget: 539,726 USD / (2016-2019)

Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) is a planned process targeted at regaining ecological functions and enhancing human well-being in deforested or degraded forest landscapes. The participation of local communities constitutes a key aspect of the FLR approach, from planning through implementation.

A joint effort among the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) of the Philippines, the Forestry Department of Brunei Darussalam, the Forestry and Environmental Research Development and Innovation Agency (FOERDIA) of Indonesia, the the National Parks Board of Singapore, the regional project aims to strengthen transboundary forest cooperation through the application of the landscape approach in the management of natural resources.

The four countries set up learning sites for both researchers and members of the public in efforts to build local capacities and raise awareness on the importance of FLR. The project established three (3) learning sites for peatland restoration with agroforestry (Indonesia), assisted natural regeneration (Philippines) and coastal forest rehabilitation (Brunei), and also supported the organization of a regional urban forestry workshop (Singapore). Through exchange visits, regional workshops, and local training activities at these sites, this project is expected to enhance capacities in knowledge-sharing and technology transfer among the member countries.

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