In the lush region of Bukidnon, Philippines, lies a tapestry of natural wonders, rich wildlife, and vibrant culture that has been deeply impacted by deforestation.

Our support impacts the people who call this place home, the remarkable wildlife that once thrived here, and the hopeful vision for a brighter future through reforestation.

The People and Culture

Bukidnon is inhabited by indigenous communities known as the Lumad people, who have lived harmoniously with nature for centuries.

Their deep connection to the land, spiritual beliefs, and sustainable practices reflect their profound respect for the environment.

The Lumad's cultural heritage is intertwined with the thriving forests, and their traditions, stories, and rituals reflect a profound understanding of the interconnectedness between humans and nature.

A Glorious Array of Wildlife

Bukidnon was once a haven for an astonishing array of wildlife. Its dense forests were home to Philippine eagles, tarsiers, flying lemurs, Philippine warty pigs, and many more unique species.

The interconnected web of life in these forests sustained these animals, creating a thriving ecosystem that balanced the delicate dance between predator and prey.

Sadly, the loss of habitat due to deforestation has resulted in the decline and even extinction of some of these remarkable creatures.

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Whats the Impact?

Environmental

  • Enhance forest connectivity in the Butiama Hills landscape to support wildlife habitats, water recharge, and filtration, addressing project-specific needs.
  • Implement fire monitoring and mitigation measures tailored for the Butiama Hills Project to prevent uncontrolled burns and preserve natural fire regimes.
  • Establish a dedicated local seed collection network to support the restoration efforts with locally adapted plant species.
  • Develop a comprehensive and collaborative restoration plan explicitly designed for the Butiama Hills Project

Social

  • Mobilize and educate hundreds of rural landowners specifically for the Butiama Hills Project to attain landscape-scale restoration goals by involving their private properties in restoration initiatives.
  • Develop education and training materials tailored for rural landowners in the Butiama Hills Project who are interested in participating in restoration activities on their properties.
  • Implement agroforestry programs and extension services within the scope of the Butiama Hills Project, fostering forest-friendly and climate-resilient livelihoods.
  • Create livelihood opportunities for communities in proximity to the Butiama Hills Project through direct employment and seed collection, along with collaborative initiatives to be defined in subsequent phases of project development.

Key Activities

  • Mobilization of rural landowners for restoration of Areas of Permanent Preservation and Legal Reserves on private property
  • Restoration needs assessment and implementation plans for rural properties to support alignment with environmental policies
  • Support in the development of Park Management Plans
  • Reforestation
  • Riverbank stabilization (as needed)
  • Agroforestry initiatives
  • Conservation agriculture and extension support
  • Fire monitoring and mitigation
  • Exploration of Payment for Ecosystem Services model (based on precedent)
  • Sustainable livelihoods – value chain development, alternative income opportunities

The Journey: Where Hope Takes Root

In 2021, with the invaluable support of local communities and the government, the first steps were taken towards regaining what was lost.

Despite facing numerous challenges such as remote training, communication barriers, and travel restrictions, dedicated teams established planting sites in Kibuwa and Canitoan.

These remote areas hold immense potential for transformation, and together with the Filipino community, we are committed to nurturing, planting, and protecting millions of trees.

  • Bukidnon - Kibuwa Site

    In the breathtaking region of Bukidnon, we are steadfast in preserving the local forest and montane rainforest on indigenous land.

    Collaborating closely with the community, we address fire prevention and management, empower them with sustainable farming practices, and ensure the long-term well-being of both the forests and the people who depend on them.

  • Misamis Oriental - Canitoan-Pagatpat Site

    In the verdant landscapes of Misamis Oriental, we work hand in hand with the community to fulfill their agreement with the government, securing legal land ownership through reforestation efforts.

    Our focus is on implementing innovative agroforestry techniques that promote food security, safeguard the forests from logging, and revive biodiversity in the area.

    When their goal is achieved, this community will finally hold legal title to the land they have nurtured, marking a historic milestone in their rights and heritage.

The Problem with Deforestation

The Power of Reforestation and Community Empowerment

Amidst the challenges, a beacon of hope emerges. Reforestation efforts in Bukidnon offer a glimmer of possibility, empowering the Lumad communities and reigniting their connection with the land.

As trees take root once again, the environment begins to regenerate, providing habitat for wildlife and restoring the intricate ecological balance.

Moreover, reforestation projects create employment opportunities for the Lumad people, fostering sustainable livelihoods and preserving their unique cultural heritage.

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