Past reforestation activities of the government mainly focused on the use of exotic or introduced species like Gmelina arborea (Yemane), Falcataria moluccana (Moluccan sau) and Swietenia macrophylla (Big-leaf mahogany), especially in areas designed for production purposes. The advocacy of the RFRI network and other civil society groups to use native and indigenous species in reforestation projects led to the signing of a partnership agreement between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PTFCF) and the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE). This National Greening Program (NGP) Partnership Agreement signed on February 20, 2012, is meant to facilitate the involvement of civil society organizations (CSOs), non-government organizations (NGOs), and people’s organizations (POs) as partners in the implementation of the NGP. Identified partner organizations are authorized to get involved in the production and planting of Philippine native seedlings to attain the NGP’s objectives and planting target from 2012 to 2016.
To learn more about the MOU and/or getting involved, please check out the NGP-related resources below and visit the NGP website.