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In line with the A-Park Program, a tree-planting activity with the theme: "One Tree, One Century" was conducted last July 13 at Camp O' Donnel, Capas, Tarlac to manifest Aboitiz Group's commitment to the Expanded National Greening Program. Founded in 2012, the A-Park Program is the largest environmental program of the Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) which focuses on reforestation and building a healthy ecosystem.

Trust, focus, and mutuality toward protecting, conserving, and sustainably managing the country’s environment and natural resources are the driving forces that guided the Department of Environment and Natural Resources together with the Development Bank of the Philippines to a renewed partnership (SDG 17: Partnerships to Achieve the Goal). On August 5, 2019, a momentous event was marked when the two agencies signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the DBP’s Tree Plantation Financing Program (TPFP).

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Global Objectives on Forest
On 20 January, 2017, during the UN Forum on Forests, 197 Member States reached agreement on the first UN Strategic Plan for Forests that provides an ambitious vision for global forests in 2030. This plan will significantly improve the outlook for the world’s forests, including a target that would expand the world’s forests by 120 million hectares - an area about the size of South Africa - by 2030.
“Agriculture, forestry and fisheries contribute massively to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals… Forests and sustainable management of forests are core aspects of SDG15 and its targets. |more|
UN Forest Instrument: A Framework For Implementing Sustainable Forest Management
As a framework for implementing sustainable forest management, the UN 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. |more|
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