The purpose of this project was to reestablish the vegetative cover of the Mananga watershed area in order to reduce soil erosion and ensure a clean water supply in Cebu, Philippines. The deforestation of the tropical hardwood trees in the area dates to the Spanish colonization era when the trees were used as lumber to build Spanish galleons. In addition, the local villagers often use inappropriate farming systems that degrade the land. This project will restore the watershed through tree planting and teach local villagers appropriate upland farming techniques. In 1997 the Institute of Climate, Energy, and Environment planted 9,253 trees towards this aim.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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