Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR)
Through a strategy known as Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR), areas vulnerable to natural hazards are restored to reduce the risk of flooding, landslides, and damage from storm surge and tsunamis. Even the productivity of agriculture and grazing lands can be improved through implementation of agroforestry and other conservation agriculture approaches.
RISE takes particular pride in being at the forefront of efforts to integrate native forest species (a locally-developed strategy known as Rainforestation) in its restoration efforts. RISE also recognizes the value of non-planting approaches like Assisted Natural Regeneration and Ecological Mangrove Rehabilitation.
RISE seeks to maintain biodiversity in protected areas, community-based forest management areas, and across the broader landscape. The Philippines is one of the worlds’ seventeen megadiverse countries exhibiting a high level of biodiversity and species endemism. With only 4% primary forest cover left, however, the Philippines is a worst-case scenario for deforestation in Southeast Asia, making it one of the hottest of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
As a result, the Philippines has seriously diminished the free environmental goods and services provided by forests, including timber, an adequate supply of clean water, protection from flooding, slope stabilization, carbon sequestration, and habitat for biodiversity.
Not all is lost, though, and a key to restoring ecosystems is conserving the portions of natural ecosystems that remain. In our work, RISE is attentive to all biodiversity, but our greatest strength lies with our expertise in the Philippines flora.