Rainforest Restoration Initiatives (Philippines)

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC)

Rainforest Restoration Project

Efficient Implementation of a "Sustainable Reforestation" System.

Project Outline

Since 2007, Toyota has conducted reforestation activities in a degraded area over 2,500ha in the Philippines in full partnership with DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources), PeƱablanca Municipal Goverment and Conservation International to bring a reforestation system to other countries in the Asia region where rapid deforestation continues. During the planning of the project, we discussed with local partners based on the systems and vision we had developed in China. We shared our vision of a "sustainable reforestation" existing in harmony with local communities, and set numeric targets for improving the lives of residents and preventing deforestation. We have been implementing efficiently by drawing up a budget and planting schedule after defining the number of trees to be planted and the target harvest of fruit crop.

Project Area

The project is located in the town of PeƱablanca (Northern part of Luzon island), encompassing part of the headwaters of the Cagayan River. Which supports the country's largest rice-growing region. Though the project adjoins primary forest of the Sierra Madre Mountains, and is regarded an important role in protecting biodiversity through rainforest regeneration, deforestation is still on going because of collecting firewood and charcoal for cooking and slash and burn farming.

Project Area

Project feature

1.Establish actual numerical targets

  • Countermeasures to combat deforestation
    All participating farmers not to cut any tree from natural forests.
  • Improve the quality of life of the local community
    Secure income more than 12,000 pesos through Mango cultivation as an alternative way of livelihood to cutting natural trees. (average annual income : about 70,000 pesos)

Income from cash crop only
Income from cash crop only

Income increased due to mango
Income increased due to mango

Discussions were held with local communities and an agreement was signed concerning the "reforestation fund" with 10% of income from mango to sustain reforestation activities
Discussions were held with local communities and an agreement was signed concerning the "reforestation fund" with 10% of income from mango to sustain reforestation activities

sustainable planting

2.Systematic provision of firewood supply for residents

In order to reduce tree cutting from natural forests, certain trees are designated for firewood, and rice hull stoves has been introduced to promote using rice hull supplement to firewood as fuel for cooking.

Fast-growing trees are planted to be used as firewood
Fast-growing trees are planted to be used as firewood

Introduction of ricehull stoves for cooking
Introduction of rice hull stoves for cooking

3.Protection of biodiversity and recharging of the river

Regenerate rainforest to provide habitat for plants and animals and to recharge river flow.

More than ten species of trees are planted, mostly consisting of indigenous species from the fabaceae, myrtaceae, and other families
More than ten species of trees are planted, mostly consisting of indigenous species from the fabaceae, myrtaceae, and other families

4.Improve planted tree survival rate

Administration costs are paid based on trees that survive, not just planted. Education is provided to enable local communities to manage their own forest.

Communities ensure survival of seedlings through weeding and fertilizing
Communities ensure survival of seedlings through weeding and fertilizing

Prior results

In Phase I (2007-2010), we have planted indigenous and economic species in the degraded area over 1,772 ha. In Phase II (2010-2013), in addition to continuous planting in 728 ha, we have been implementing the localization of this activity through support to the management of the reforestation fund. With this quality of the project design, the project obtained a gold rating under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Project Design Standards (CCB Standards) in December 2009.

CCB Standards: international standards for the multiple-benefits of forestry project.

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