Existing Project in Manobo, Philippines
- 51,000 Hectares
- 30-year agreement
- Developed commercial zone
- Commercial Crops
Sustainable Growth Group continue to provide:
- Management, genetics, technology and expertise.
- Resources to facilitate efficient food production
- Bulldozer, Trucks, Water Pump, Farm Tractor
- Working capital
- Housing, School, Church & Medical Community Centre
Datu Tagleong Manobo Project
Datu Tagleong Agro-Forestry Complex:
- Sustainable forestry of Australian Teak, Magium, Golden Teak
- 100-hectare demonstration plantation with a mix of forest/water reserve, rice/vegetable for food, water dam for water reservie and fish.
- Oil Palm (153,000 seedlings)
- Jatropha (120,000 seedlings)
The protocols and steps that must be observed are very much designed to ensure the priorities of the Indigenous Communities living in the rainforests are considered and that projects meet the specific objective of reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation. Developing countries subscribing to the UN-REDD protocol implement a national framework and guidelines for REDD project sponsors, and the communities they partner with to work within. In the Philippines, the organisation responsible for overseeing and facilitating the interactions with the Indigenous communities within REDD projects is the National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP). →These frameworks are put in place to protect all parties involved with a project and ensure that due regard is given to the Indigenous Peoples’ ancestral domains and lands, self governance and empowerment. For a REDD project to be granted the go ahead, the communities need to demonstrate their ‘Free Prior Informed Consent’. The submissions for the Datu Tagleong Manobo project were made to the Philippine Government via the formal channels and authorities responsible for dealing with such matters.
Butuan City ‘Plant a Tree’ Programme
Butuan City was once known as the Philippines’ Timber City of the South. With the proliferation of the logging industry during the 70’s and the 80’s, the forest resources of Northern Mindanao have been depleted to a mere 7% of original stocks. As a result, the region continually suffers the damaging effects of flooding in the Agusan River basin’s watershed areas. Every year the rainy season takes its toll, causing often catastrophic land-slides, threatening the communities living there. Butuan City’s Mayor Ferdinand Amante, a committed environmentalist, has been instrumental in implementing a number of initiatives aimed at protecting the region’s remaining rainforest resources and replenishing forest stocks in watershed areas. One such project is Butuan City’s regional adoption of President Aquino’s ‘Plant a Million Trees’ programme. We have been invited to sponsor this initiative.
Agusan River Basin Mangrove-Wildlife Conservation Project
Local communities have suffered the direct consequences of the effects of the decline of the Agusan River Basin’s Mangrove forests and 80s Shrimp Fever. An estimated 70% of the original mangrove forest of the Philippines has been lost from 500,000 ha in 1918 to only 120,500 ha in 1994 with a depletion rate of 3,700 ha per year from 1980 to 1991. Brackish water pond construction for fish/shrimp aquaculture has been regarded as the major cause for mangrove loss in the Philippines. Around half of the 279,000 ha of mangroves lost from 1951 to 1988 were converted into culture ponds. The environmental consequences of the Philippine government’s original drive during that tie to establish the Agusan River Basin system as a food basket for Mindanao Island are well documented and evident. There is still an active programme of major engineering projects planned to increase irrigation supply to rice farmlands, decrease flooding and create power generation. Included in the Master Development Plan for the Agusan River basin is the construction of 10 large dams projected to be finished by 2030. These dams will have profound impacts on the natural flood regime of the Agusan Marsh, affecting its natural ecological functions, threatening the remaining Mangrove stocks. These dams will potentially reduce the amount of surface and ground freshwater flowing into the mouth of the river. Mangrove forests provide the vital function of naturally diluting seawater and sequestering carbon at a rate 4 times higher than rainforests.