33-Hectare Reforestation Area Is Thriving in Antipolo

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33-Hectare Reforestation Area Is Thriving in Antipolo


A 33-hectare Antipolo reforestation site of the United Coconut Planters Bank-Coconut Industry Investment Fund (UCPB-CIIF) is thriving with an increased specie inventory.The project, which garnered the Asian Banking Award for best environmental program, is under the auspices of the UCPB-CIIF Foundation."The foundation started the program in 1990. The foundation hired a full-time forester. We established an onsite tree nursery and holding annual treks for employees of the bank, its subsidiaries and affiliate companies to get involved in the effort," said UCPB vice president Ricky Lepatan.Located in Sitio Boso-Boso, Antipolo, Rizal, the project has just successfully gone through a new inventory of the private conservation group Haribon Foundation.It is now thriving with an inventory of 108 flora species and of 53 fauna species, the reforestation site has been tagged as a new "wildlife haven."The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which is encouraging private companies has intensified involvement in sustainable development and environmental protection, awarded way back in 2007 the Boso-Boso reforestation area as "Model Reforestation site".UCPB-CIIF Foundation has put up an onsite tree nursery in Boso-Boso, appointed a full-time forester to manage an integrated reforestation program in the once totally barren and lifeless area."Reforestation work was completed in 2002 with more than 42,000 trees planted on the site. (Now) it has become a haven for a growing number of Philippine flora and fauna, some of which are rare and threatened with extinction."In the new inventory, Haribon Foundation found 108 species of trees, shrubs, palms, herbs and ferns. …

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