What is 'rainforestation'?
Ever since the first humans became settlers, forests have been cleared to make way for the growing of crops and for livestock grazing, or felled for timber. Whilst forests were no doubt valued for what they could provide, it is clear that humans acted as though they would go on forever. As we have come to recognise the crucial importance of standing forests for human welfare, increased effort has been made to finds ways that forest edge communities can benefit from the forests remaining intact, rather than chopped down for use or for the land the trees occupy.
'Rainforestation' is the term for replanting tropical forest, using native trees that can deliver sustainable benefits to local people and landowners. It is a mixture of fruiting trees, indigenous trees and abaca. Due to its fast-growing properties and high value at market, our rainforestation programme has prioritised growing abaca trees and training the local people on how to produce and trade the final product ('abaca fibres'). The process of production is described below.
In the Cuernos de Negros Landscape Conservation is working with its local partners, the NGO PENAGMANNAKI, and the Naubo Community Farmers Association, which comprises of people living in Mantiquil Barangay on the edge of the forest.
WHAT LOCAL PEOPLE SAY
"We never thought of planting trees as crops, but we are farmers and know how to look after what we plant"
Jimmy, Naubo resident