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Technical and Policy Forum on Mainstreaming Native Species for Restoration and Production Report
Read and download (1.93 MB)

Key Messages from the International Symposium on Monitoring Forest Restoration for Adaptive Management
Read and download (64.1 MB).

Two new books on tropical forest restoration recently published by RFRI affiliates in Thailand and Australia.
Read Elliott et al. Restoring Tropical Rainforests (13.7 MB).
Read Goosem & Tucker. Repairing the Rainforest (2nd ed) (48 MB).

New manuals on mangrove rehabilitation from Mangrove Action Project (MAP) is available
Read Lewis & Brown. Ecological Mangrove Rehabiltation (38 MB)

Return of the Natives

With only about 24% remaining forest cover, the Philippines is suffering from the widespread loss of ecosystem services, including biodiversity maintenance, carbon sequestration, watershed protection, and local communities’ ability to harvest timber and non-timber forest products. The diminished forest cover has also contributed to the intensification of a variety of ‘natural disasters’, including flash floods, water shortages, and landslides. The dominant approach to reforestation in the Philippines focuses on the planting of a handful of exotic timber species, like Gmelina, Mangium, and Mahogany, but has limited environmental and social benefits. Rainforestation, by contrast, aims to begin restoring the Philippine forests by using native tree species, including many species of Dipterocarps, while providing forest-dependent communities with additional sources of livelihood. Backed by the Rain Forest Restoration Initiative (RFRI), a network of national and international supporters, Rainforestation is a well-researched, cost-effective, and widely applicable method of planting native tree species in order to achieve a variety of management objectives.

Go to RFRI's blog on Philippine Native Trees!