Agencies plan to plant 10 million trees by 2030

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MANILA, Philippines — A multi-sector partnership between various government agencies and the private sector plans to plant 10 million trees by 2030 through different science-based reforestation initiatives across the country.

The Climate Change Commission (CCC), Professional Regulation Commission, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Society of Filipino Foresters Inc. (SFFI) have formed the Carbon Neutral Program Convergence to help the country achieve its carbon reduction targets.

Among the initiatives of the program is a series of reforestation activities aimed at increasing the carbon sequestration capacity of the country’s forests.

Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing and storing carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming.

According to SFFI, a tree that is at least three years old can sequester about 10 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year. It is estimated that an average individual contributes one tonne or 1,000 kilograms of carbon over their lifetime.

“Each person should plant and grow at least 100 trees to be carbon neutral,” the CCC said, citing a recent seminar organized by SFFI.

The United Nations Environment Program has defined carbon neutrality as achieving near-zero carbon emissions “by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset”.

Climate Secretary Robert Borje stressed the importance of partnership, noting that government agencies and business organizations must lead in promoting and achieving carbon neutrality.

The PRC recently spearheaded a nationwide tree planting activity, where about 32,000 saplings of different tree species were planted in different areas.

Partner agencies and organizations also pledged to plant at least 1.7 million additional trees this year during a session with the Million Trees Foundation Inc.

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