In seven year’s time since 2004, a total of 9,381 hectares of degraded forest lands were reforested in the Bicol region.
According to the accomplishment report on the environment and natural resources (ENR) medium term plan for the period 2004-2010 prepared by the DENR Bicol regional office, a big portion of the reforestation activities were undertaken under the Bicol River Basin and Watershed Management Project (BRBWMP).
Under the BRBWMP alone, a total of 7,693 hectares were reforested in Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Albay. Of the 7,693 hectares, 5,862 hectares were planted with trees under BRB upland reforestation, 1,831 hectares were rehabilitated through assisted natural regeneration (ANR), and 761 hectares of agroforestry farms were maintained.
For regularly funded projects, 1,688 hectares were planted, while some 570 hectares of new mangrove plantation were also established in the six Bicol provinces, the DENR report showed.
Other activities were also undertaken under BRBWMP like 1.) rehabilitation of 111 kilometers of riverbank, and 2.) construction of 2,738.5 cubic meters of gabion/check dams, 2,699 linear meters eco-blocks and 12 small water impounding system (SWIS).
For CY 2009-2010, a total of 4,637 hectares of degrade forestlands were likewise rehabilitated under the Upland Development Program (UDP) with following components: 1.) Upland reforestation – 1,574 hectares, 2.) assisted natural regeneration – 704 hectares, 3.) mangrove – 297 hectares, and agroforestry – 2,062 hectares, the DENR report said.
The UDP was implemented in 2009 in Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) sites, Protected Areas (PA) Mangroves, Coastal and Watershed Areas to create immediate additional income to upland farmers in support to the Government’s Poverty Reduction and Hunger Mitigation Program.
A total of 1,819,512 seedlings of narra, gmelina, mahogany, acacia and other species were produced from CY 2004-2010 in support to the requirements of the wood industry, public and private schools, urban greening of local government units (LGUs) and the private sector, the DENR report said. –ASAraya