Over the last century, the Philippines has suffered a staggering amount of deforestation, from some 70% forest coverage down to just 20% today, largely due to illegal logging activities. The impacts of deforestation has been felt throughout the country, causing food shortages, poor water quality, landslides, and the endangering of wildlife habitat. Since the 1990s the Philippines has promoted reforestation efforts to push back against this loss of forest coverage, replanting over 1,000,000 hectares of forest. This project supports those efforts on the island of Mindanao in the protected landscape of Mt. Matutum.
Planting trees in the tropical rainforests of Mindanao will improve water quality, create jobs, and protect and revive the livelihoods of indigenous communities surviving off of rainforest conservation. Most significantly, however, planting native tree species will have a remarkable impact on the habitats of several endangered species. The Philippines is home to over 1,000 species of wildlife, nearly half of which are endemic. This project will directly benefit several endangered species including the Philippine Tarsier and Philippine Eagle.
A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on the Philippines project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
To maximize the impact of your donation, our partner will determine the most appropriate species of tree to plant. Popular species include New Guinea Walnut, Anubing, and the incredible Rainbow Eucalyptus.
As a tropical nation, the Philippines is an important country for maintaining and improving the health of the world's tropical rainforests. Tropical forests around the globe are vital in so many ways. They are home to between 50-90% of Earth's species; one quarter of all medicines come from tropical plants; and tropical forests are a major player in the fight against climate change, as they store massive amounts of carbon dioxide and clean the air we breathe.
Tropical forests in the Philippines have been hit particularly hard by logging and resource extraction - only 6% of the country is now covered in rainforest.
In an effort to stop the destruction of critical forests, the Filipino government put a moratorium on logging in areas where biodiversity is threatened, and as of 2015, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) ranked the Philippines fifth for annual forest coverage gain!
The Philippines has experienced progressively diminishing soil quality due to deforestation, resulting in food shortages and malnutrition. Planting trees will help stabilize the soil and play a part in improving food supply.
For the first time, this project will protect the habitat of the endangered Philippines tarsier, the world's second-smallest primate! Logging and exploitive tourism threaten the tarsier. Restoring their home is critical for their survival.
Our partners are engaging directly with the indigenous B'laan tribe who survive off the forest, providing them with training on forest management and ensuring their ancestral lands are cared for and protected.