Both public and private sectors engage in tree planting activities. Over the years, it has been observed that many of the reforestation efforts in the Philippines shows the love for monoculture and the use of introduced or exotic species because of their fast growing and easy germination property. Having this kind of mind-set towards forest restoration is wrong because it does not support the survival of wildlife species. In addition, fast growing exotics are mostly pioneer species that has a short lifespan which support a management of repeated clear cutting and exhaustion of soil nutrients, making reforestation more and more difficult. Part of changing people’s perception about proper forest restoration is sharing successful strategies being implemented by organizations and individuals nationwide. The concept of Rainforestation Farming is to plant trees native to their forest. It is believed and tested that the forest becomes more sustainable and increasingly diversified if local trees are planted instead of foreign species. This strategy aims to replace the destructive forms of slash and burn practice, forms a buffer zone around the primary forests, protect their biodiversity, and help maintain the water cycle. More so, this strategy provides farmers with stable and higher income. Many testimonies of local communities proved that the inception of such strategy was able to provide economic, environmental, and social benefits
This fast-growing native tree is endemic to the Philippines!
“Protect our trees, our forests- our source of life!”