We target to improve the biodiversity of the rain-forest in Zamboanga del Norte by mobilizing 3,000 youths to plant at least 40 trees in their farms. This translates to 120,000 trees which will improve the biodiversity of the rain-forest threatened by illegal logging and unsustainable farming and would mean improvement in the lives of the Subanen Indigenous people living there.
The rain-forest of Zamboanga del Norte is a biodiversity hot-spot with endemic near extinct flora and fauna still inhabiting the area but due to unsustainable farming practices and illegal logging, their number is dwindling and without proper conservation measures, they will fade-out forever. Lack of protection and improvement of the rain-forest means also poverty of the indigenous Subanen families living there.
We will mobilize the youth to plant high-valued endemic fruit and forest species and train them to take care of their plants. Aside from planting trees, we will also provide them with the tools and resources in order to improve their livelihoods and utilizing forest products in the forest without destroying it. Some of these are ferns, fruits, bamboo, edible seeds and palms.
Aside from directly supporting and improving biodiversity in the Zamboanga del Norte rain-forest, the project will be in the forefront in combating climate change and halting the ravages of extreme weather events caused by the warming of the earth. Near extinct animal species have also the capacity to survive and multiply.