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   21 March has been declared as the International Day of Forests by the United Nations General Assembly. This new global celebration of forests builds on the successes of the International Year of Forests in 2011, and provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees outside forests.
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He's got green on his mind

(source: The Philippine Star)

   MANILA, Philippines - Hailing from Guinobatan (which sounds uncannily like gubat, the Tagalog word for forest) in Albay, and graduating with a degree in Forestry from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje was likely destined to take on the role he is playing now - spearheading the reforestation of hundreds of millions of hectares of Philippine land with the National Greening Program (NGP). read more


FAO assessment of forests and
carbon stocks, 1990-2015

   Global estimates of forest emission trends show that total emissions have decreased by over 25 percent between the period 2001-2010 and the period 2011-2015. FAO data show that the decrease is due to a decline in deforestation rates globally. They also reveal that emissions from forest degradation, estimated for the first time, are increasing over time and represent one-quarter of total emissions.
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GLOBAL OBJECTIVES ON FOREST

As enshrined in the Non-legally Binding Instruments on all
types of forest (Forest Instruments) adopted by the
United Nations General Assembly in 2007
   In 2006, at its sixth session, the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) agreed on four shared Global Objectives on Forests, providing clear guidance on the future work of the international arrangement on forests. The four Global Objectives seek to:
  • GLOBAL OBJECTIVE 1 - Reverse the loss of forest cover worldwide through Sustainable Forest Management, including protection, restoration, afforestation and reforestation, and increase efforts to prevent forest degradation.

  • GLOBAL OBJECTIVE 2 - Enhance forest-based economic, social and environmental benefits, including by improving the livelihoods of forest-dependent people.

  • GLOBAL OBJECTIVE 3 - Increase significantly area of sustainably managed forests, protected forests worldwide and other areas of sustainably managed forests as well as the proportion of forest products from sustainably managed forests.

  • GLOBAL OBJECTIVE 4 - Reverse the decline in official development assistance for sustainable forest management and mobilize significantly increased, new, and addicitional financial resources from all sources for the implementation of sustainable forest management. read more

FOREST INSTRUMENT:
A FRAMEWORK FOR IMPLEMENTING SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
   As a framework for implementing sustainable forest management, the Forest Instrument includes a set of 25 National Policies and Measures, which are designed to bring the country closer to the goal of achieving sustainably managed forest ecosystems all over the archipelago.

   Although on voluntary basis, each member state of UNFF is responsible for the sustainable management of its forests and enforcement of its forest-related laws.

   Importantly, in addition to the Government’s forest service units, all relevant stakeholders including local government units (LGU), local and indigenous communities, and non-governmental, civil society, academe, and media organizations will be involved through transparent, participatory constructive engagements, dialogues, and consultations. read more


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Guidelines for Application in Mine
Sites and Land Rehabilitation
Projects in the Philippines

   A successful mining industry spells significant contribution to economic upswing. To top this, we are looking at responsible mining to open the door to a sustainable, productive and wholesome natural resource use. To champion this cause, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is keen in ensuring that Landscapes affected by mining activities are restored to a stable and self-sustaining state.

   With encouraging headways, adoption of rehabilitation technologies in mining companies should further gain ground. But more than this, the DENR must also keep ahead in setting the pace by looking at science-based monitoring systems that can ensure quick, reliable information for better management and timely decision making.

   Currently, there is a need for common measures of success or progress of rehabilitation efforts in mining, forestry and other development projects that disturb landscapes. This is where Landscape Function Analysis (LFA) comes to fore. LFA is a monitoring procedure which can compliment existing ENR monitoring systems particularly in degraded mining areas. read more


RENEWAL AND CANCELLATION OF
CERTIFICATE OF STEWARDSHIP CONTRACT (CSC)
   In order to continue the proper management of forestland under the Integrated Social Forestry Program, there is a need to undetake the process of renewal or cancellation of CSCs. Under Section 2 Article II of the 1987 Constituion, production sharing agreement which covers a period of 25 years can be renewed for another 25 years. The same stipulation is carried in the CSC Agreement that it can be renewed for another 25 years. read more


Events

TERMS AND DEFINITIONS Forest Related Terms and Definitions
FORESTAT Forestry Statistics at a Glance
ESSENTIAL STATISTICS 2013 Forest Production Reports
2013
Philippine Forestry Statistics
FOREST COVER 2010
Forest Cover
FOREST POLICIES Forestry Related Policies
FMB TECHNICAL BULLETINS (SIGNED)
SPECIAL PROJECTS
Community ENR-based
Enterprise Development
and Management
GUIDEBOOK - ENR Enterprise
Green Kit for Lowland, Urban and Coastal Ecosystems
Green Kit for Upland Ecosystems
Forest Regeneration
in the Philippines

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The Tree Talks

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