The Philippines is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the western Pacific Ocean and consists of about 7,640 islands. Situated on the western fringes of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity. The Philippines is a megadiverse country with eight major types of forests distributed throughout the islands.
Over the last century, the Philippines has suffered a staggering amount of deforestation, from some 70% forest coverage down to just 20% today, largely due to illegal logging activities. The impacts of deforestation has been felt throughout the country, causing food shortages, poor water quality, landslides, and the endangering of wildlife habitat. Since the 1990s the Philippines has promoted reforestation efforts to push back against this loss of forest coverage, replanting over 1,000,000 hectares of forest. This project supports those efforts on the island of Mindanao in the protected landscape of Mt. Matutum.
Planting trees in the tropical rainforests of Mindanao will improve water quality, create jobs, and protect and revive the livelihoods of indigenous communities surviving off of rainforest conservation. Most significantly, however, planting native tree species will have a remarkable impact on the habitats of several endangered species. The Philippines is home to over 1,000 species of wildlife, nearly half of which are endemic. This project will directly benefit several endangered species including the Philippine Tarsier and Philippine Eagle.
To maximize the impact of your donation, our partner will determine the most appropriate species of tree to plant. Popular species include New Guinea Walnut, Anubing, and the incredible Rainbow Eucalyptus.
OneTreePlanted is a non-profit organisation based in Vermont with a mission to make it simple for you to plant trees around the world. Started in 2014, they have more than doubled the number of trees planted year over year. Fast-forward to today, they now work with awesome reforestations partners in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa who help them get trees in the ground to restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for biodiversity.