|Town/Region||Davao del Norte|
|Date||12 Oct 2005|
The municipality of Asuncion just like many of the rural areas of the country has very few forests left. Though records indicate that out of 41,152 hectares which is its total area, only 8,768.0173 (or roughly 21%) is classified as timberland. In reality, not even half of it is covered with forests. Consequently, the area is periodically visited by floods and suffer from loss of biodiversity. Soil erosion is also becoming one of the environmental concerns. It is further threatened by the expansion of mono-crop plantations, e.g. bananas which use a lot of inorganic fertilizer and harmful chemicals.
The project is aimed at rehabilitating the forest areas of Asuncion through the active participation of the youth and children in the twenty-one (21) schools of the said municipality. Further, to slowly restore biodiversity, an Arboretum will be established. This will become not only a source of seeds in the future but also a learning area both for children and adults. Reforestation activities will be prioritized in identified protection forests and along bodies of water. Creative methodologies for learning like creative dramatics, visual arts, area visits, youth ecological camps will be employed to facilitate learning for the youth and children. Tree-nurseries will also be encouraged to be set up in the schools as one of the projects of the youth-based environmental organizations.
Project strategies include the formation of school-based environmental organizations or clubs. This will be closely coordinated with the local office of the Department of Education so that a teacher-moderator could be assigned to guide the youth environmental organizations. This will ensure sustainability and institutionalization of the said formations. For one year, the project aims to reforest about fifty (50) hectares for a year and start the process of establishing an Arboreturm.
Further, it is hoped that through inculcating the importance of environmental concerns at an early age, we will be able to develop future leaders and citizens with a deep concern for the integrity of creation and the interrelatedness of all things.