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Conference: Mainstreaming Native Species-Based Forest Restoration

University of the Philippines-Diliman
Quezon City, Philippines
July 15–16, 2010

Presentations (PDFs)
Conference Poster


Rainforests have been decimated throughout much of the tropics. Driven by land use policies that favor extractive activities, such as timber, mining, and conversion to agriculture, deforestation and forest degradation have resulted in the widespread loss of ecosystem services, including biodiversity maintenance, carbon sequestration, and watershed protection. In order to reestablish forest cover, many countries have embarked on large-scale reforestation projects. These efforts have typically been characterized by the use of a small number of fast-growing, non-native, timber species. A problem with these reforestation efforts, however, is that these exotics trees are often not particularly well-suited to the ecosystem where they are planted, being prone to disease outbreaks and characterized by higher susceptibility to extreme weather events. They also have limited value in terms of biodiversity maintenance and watershed restoration. In response, a number of researchers and conservation organizations in the Philippines and abroad have been conducting extended studies on the propagation of native trees and the usage of those trees in forest restoration efforts. This conference brings together research scientists and practitioners who have been leading some of these efforts in order to discuss how to begin “mainstreaming” the usage of native tree species.


The first day of the conference will consist of a series of presentations examining several prominent native species reforestation efforts from around the world, followed by a panel discussion exploring the relative advantages of using native tree species and different reforestation approaches. The second day is organized around four moderated panel discussions, which will explore the obstacles and opportunities to working with the Department of Environment & Natural Resources, local government units, the private sector, and local communities to implement native species reforestation efforts in the Philippines.

Day 1 Presentations:

Day 2 Presentations:

Panel Discussion:
Moving Forward with RFRI

Panel Discussion:
Working with the Department of Environment & Natural Resources

Panel Discussion:
Working with Local Government Units

Panel Discussion:
Working with Local Communities

Panel Discussion: Working with the Private Sector

Conference Poster:

Poster for Mainstreaming Native Species-Based Forest Restoration Conference