“Are there still native trees in Metro Manila? Where are they?”
These are just two of the questions that Haribon’s 3Ts (Tree, Trek and Tag) Project that aims to answer. Funded by the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation Inc. (PTFCF), it hopes to cultivate interest and appreciation of urban biodiversity by knowing more about the native trees in the area.
“We are pleased to support Haribon’s 3Ts Project as it highlights the importance of native trees, which are usually overlooked and under-appreciated in urban areas,” said PTFCF Executive Director Jose Andres Canivel. “Through 3Ts, we are confident that the general public will develop a deeper understanding of the importance of trees and their conservation,” he added.
There are three main activities under the program: tree map development, tree walks, and tree tagging.
Three tree maps will be developed to document the presence and concentration of native trees like Narra, Molave and Dao thriving in Metro Manila and nearby sub-urban places. These will be used for the tree walks that will be conducted in selected areas.
The tree walks seek to highlight the ecological and social importance of trees as each native tree has a role in maintaining the ecosystem balance and a story in Philippine culture. Relatively, for the tree tagging to be successful, the active participation of every Juan must be present.
Hence, the public is invited to post pictures and tag locations of native trees in social network sites, using the hashtag #nativetreecity. The undertaking employs the concept of citizen science, which utilizes observation skills of the mass to gather data (i.e., number of native trees in Metro Manila). This will be done in partnership with local government units, national agencies and private institutions.
It is envisioned that these activities will help encourage people to plant more native trees as an important part of the urban landscape and conserve native trees to lessen the conversion of green pockets into concrete spaces.
The program is slated to run from September 2015 to March 2016.
For more information about this the program and how you can join, email email@example.com or visit www.haribon.org.ph.