Reducing Forest loss in the Philippines.

This project has been working with rural communities in Southern Negros for over 12 years, to address forest loss that threatens local livelihoods and globally important species. The aim is to reduce clearance for subsistence and establish alternative livelihoods, building capacity and skills for trade and enterprise based on the area’s natural resources.

Abaca (manila hemp) growing is being promoted as a means of addressing critical levels of forest loss in the Philippines. It is an under-storey crop that is being planted in areas targeted for reforestation, alongside indigenous and endemic tree species.

 

Currently, over 60% of the abaca is discarded as waste during cropping. The project will assess the potential to use the waste as bio-fuel, which can be sold to existing urban markets where illegal firewood and charcoal are used.