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International Year of the Forests, "Importance of Native Species"

What is Rain Forest Restoration Initiative (RFRI)?

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June 27, 2011 A Paradigm Shift in Forest Restoration
Dr Paciencia Milan
Visayas State University

Reforestation efforts in the Philippines in the past focused on the use of tree species which have been introduced because they have been selected for their fast growth and easy germination. Most often the species composition of the original forest cover before logging were not taken into account. This had consequently lead to forest degradation and loss of biodiversty in forest flora as well as wildlife. This presentation attempts to explain efforts that have been proven to bring back the original forest cover as well as the return of some species of wildlife back to the newly established forest plantation. Rainforestation, as the new strategy is called, may help restore our watershed and its ecological services if we consciously promote the use of native trees in forest restoration.

A Paradigm Shift in Forest Restoration.pdf,  Paradigm Shift Trivia

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July 4, 2011 The Arakan Forest Corridor Development Program
Dennis Salvador
Philippine Eagle Foundation
The Arakan Forest Corridor Development Program (AFCDP) is a long-term, community-based habitat restoration program in Arakan,North Cotabato in Central Mindanao. The program’s goal is to conserve the biodiversity of three forest remnants (Mt Sinaka, Mt Mahuson, KABIKU) while addressing upland poverty through sustainable livelihoods. The program employs the sustainable rural livelihoods framework in conserving biodiversity and addressing community well-being. To reclaim grasslands, AFCDP employs the “rainforestation” farming approach by engaging and providing incentives to land-owners who plant and maintain native forest species with each landowner managing at least 0.25 hectare (ha) of “rainforestation” plot. Since 2009, we partnered with four communities through their respective People’s Organizations (POs). These POs were also provided with training on natural resource management and aspects of organization management. An Organizational Capacity Self-Assessment (OCSA) is held at the end of the project year to assess and monitor progress at building PO capacity. A total of 42 ha of seedlings out of 58 ha of reforestation plots survived (i.e. 74 % survival rate) at the end of 2010. In 2011, the program will reclaim 45 hectares more of grasslands. Additional incentives in the form of basic services, direct payments, and/or livelihood support are also provided by corporate partners through Conservation Agreements (CAs) with the POs and landowners. Restoration projects are not cheap and the benefits can be maximized if they are treated as local experiments on adaptive management.
Arkan Forest Corridor Development Program.pdf

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Aug 1, 2011 Forest Conservation in the Philippines
Jose Andres A. Canivel
Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation
Forest Conservation in the Philippines.pdf
Sept 5, 2011 Seedling establishment in tropical rain forests: understanding the evolutionary strategies
Dr. Edwino Fernando
UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources
How seeds and seedlings survive under natural conditions in the tropical rain forest and its implications for nursery management and logging operations will be examined in this lecture. Observations on the behaviour of forest tree seeds and seedlings indicate three areas that appear to have evolved of what we will refer to in this lecture as ‘establishment strategies’. The term ‘establishment strategy’ is synonymous to the terms, probably more familiar to foresters, such as ‘recruitment’ or ‘regeneration’. The approach of this presentation is mainly evolutionary or ecological, rather than physiological.
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Oct 3, 2011 Non-Timber Forest Products Task Force
Nov 14, 2011 The Forest Resources Bill: Legislative Advocacy for Forest Restoration
The Haribon Foundation

The 1975 Revised Forestry Code continues to be the basis of Philippines forest forest policy despite years of attempts to pass the Sustainable Forest Management Bill. This seminar will discuss civil society efforts to draft an alternative bill which aims to protect natural forests and promote rainforestation, among others. It will also discuss the experience of Haribon and its partners in lobbying for the enforcement of the Forest Resources Bill.

Forest Resources Bill: Legislative Advocacy for Forest Restoration.pdf
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Dec 5, 2011 Evaluation of Selected Native Philippine Trees and Shrubs for Landscape Design Use
Architect Patrick Gozon
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Jan 9, 2012 Community - Based Rainforestation Farm Establishment: FPE's Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development
Cherylon "Aivan" A. Herzano
Foundation for the Philippine Environment
FPE's Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development, Part 1.pdf
FPE's Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development, Part 2.pdf
Feb 6, 2012