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In 2020 we plan to make a difference in the Philippines


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This project will focus on the mangroves at Sarangani Bay and Tambobo Bay which are biodiversity hotspots. At these sites, the mangroves provide nesting and breeding habitat for fish and shellfish, migratory birds, and sea turtles. Mangroves also provide vital protection to corals from erosion, sedimentation, and human intrusion.

Importantly, evidence suggests that mangroves play a vital role in climate stabilisation, possessing a carbon storage and sequestration potential considered to be greater than that of tropical forest.

The Philippines used to be covered by about 500,000 hectares of mangroves, but over the past century it has declined dramatically to less than half this area today. The Philippines still holds at least 50% of the mangrove species of the world.

Project goal + benefits

To restore mangrove forest diversity at critical sites in the Philippines where mangrove forest used to be present, provided protection for coral reefs and rich biodiversity

Climate

Mangrove can sequester as much, if not more, carbon as tropical rainforests

Biodiversity

Mangroves provide nesting and breeding habitat for fish and shellfish migratory birds and sea turtles

Water

Mangroves protect waterways from erosion & sedimentation, providing naturally cleaner water

2021 project - The Andes

In 2021 we plan to make a difference in South America (The Andes).

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If the Amazonian forests are the lungs of the planet, then the forests of the Andes are its heart; the very source of its watery circulation system. The forests of the high Andes capture then release rainfall, sending it in measured flow to the vast Amazon below. Acción Andina is an initiative aiming to protect and restore one million hectares of high Andean, native forest ecosystems in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

Polylepis forests are a unique and rapidly disappearing ecosystem. Spanning seven South American countries, these forests can be found as high as 4,500 metres, defining the tree line for the Andes range. Often found beneath glaciers, Polylepis forests have been reduced to 3-10% of their natural range.

Polylepis are keystone species in creating and supporting high Andean ecosystems, including wetlands. Many rare and endangered species – more than 22 species identified by IUCN as species of conservation concern – persist only in this increasingly fragmented oasis of trees. Culturally significant to high Andes indigenous peoples, Polylepis provide the overstory and main structure for forests that contain a diversity of plants valued by these communities as native foods and medicines.

Project goal + benefits

Bring under restoration an additional 500,000 hectares of native forests, by building local, effective and long-term conservation and restoration leadership

Social Impact

Polyepis is culturally significant to indigenous people of the high Andes, who will part on their own land

Biodiversity

Polylepis forests protect endangered species - more than 22 species identified by IUCN as species of conservation concern

Water

The forests of the high Andes capture and release rainfall, sending it in measured flow to the vast Amazon basin below

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