BAGUIO CITY: The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office enjoins Cordillera highland communities to help address the challenges in watershed protection and reforestation in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
DA Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management (CHARM) Project Manager Cameron Odsey said watershed conservation, forest management and agro-forestry are among the key components of the CHARM project that is now on its second phase of implementation.
For watershed conservation and forest management, Odsey reported that in partnership with the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples and the state universities and colleges in the region, they are in the process of documenting the existing indigenous forest management systems.
For reforestation, Odsey reported that for the first CHARM project, more than 14,000 tree seedlings were planted in around 8,500 hectares of highland community watersheds. This was accomplished in partnership with the various people’s organization within the project sites.
The DA is also planning to spearhead a conduct of a regional Forest Fire Summit, Odsey added.
The CHARM Project is a poverty reduction program that focuses on highland communities with high poverty incident, poor (road) accessibility and barely reached by agriculture projects and services.