Forest and climate protection in Panay
As of: June 2018
Objective and activities
This project is seeking to protect the primary forest covering the mountain ridge that runs through the centre of the Philippine island of Panay, as well as its endangered species. A further aim is to ensure the sustainable use of the natural resources in the areas bordering the forest by improving land-use planning and adapting forestry and agroforestry activities. It is setting up an alliance of affected provinces and local authorities. The project is also designating ‘critical habitats’ wherever possible across the entire forest area as part of the decentralised land-use planning process. Together with local communities, the project is planning activities and ensuring they are incorporated into their annual budgets. It is also establishing an ecologically sound agroforestry system in the buffer zone. Furthermore, it is driving forward large-scale reforestation and working towards supplying local households with renewable, sustainably produced raw materials to generate energy.
State of implementation/results
- Registration of populations and distribution areas of endangered plant and animal species
- Creation of forest land-use plans for three communities to date · Study on alternative energy production in the province of Antique
- Support for seven municipalities in implementing reforestation activities and disseminating locally appropriate agroforestry practices
- Since the end of the 2013, expansion of innovative approaches and efforts to further improve upon past project results: productive usage of at least 10,000 additional hectares in the areas bordering the Panay mountain range, designation of additional protected areas to ensure sustainable use of the remaining tropical forest.