THE Haribon Foundation’s ROAD to 2020 forest restoration movement was judged the best environmental project in the Philippines by the Energy Globe on June 5, World Environment Day, topping more than 2,000 submissions from more than 170 countries.
The Rainforestation Organizations and Advocates or ROAD to 2020 is an environmental conservation movement that aims to bring back the lost Philippine rainforests in the country by 2020.
It unifies the efforts of different groups that carry out rainforestation including local governments, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, private organizations, schools and individuals.
Rainforestation is a technology that uses native trees in forest restoration, which builds better resilience against climate change impacts.
“Through the help of our partner communities, more than 600 hectares of native trees are steadfastly thriving and are now benefiting families and communities,” said Haribon’s ROAD to 2020 program coordinator Thaddeus Martinez.
Martinez added that when fully grown, the replenished forests would provide these areas with cleaner air, water supply and protection from flashfloods.
Haribon’s tree-planting activities have restored forests in more than 26 municipalities and engaged over 14,000 volunteers. The environmental group has also conducted training sessions on how to identify local tree species and has established local tree nurseries for more than 50 species, including trees in danger of being lost to the world.
“Our work continues as more needs to be done to regain the Philippine forests’ status in the early 1900s,” said Martinez.
Hailed as one of today’s ‘most prestigious environmental prizes’ worldwide, the Energy Globe Award aims to recognize and raise awareness on sustainable solutions that tackle the pressing environmental problems that face our world today.
Haribon’s winning project is automatically evaluated on the international level and awaits potential nomination for the Energy Globe World Award toward the end of the year.
Energy Globe Award continues its global call for participation of efforts focusing on saving resources, improving air, soil, or water quality, increasing energy efficiency, using renewables and mitigating climate change effects.
This campaign is approved by UNESCO, in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
KITTY AMANTE/HARIBON FOUNDATION