Our Work

Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR)

RISE seeks to implement FLR throughout the Visayas. FLR is a relatively new integrative approach to land management that establishes a more optimum balance between ecological and social benefits derived from any given landscape. Under FLR, the land is restored and managed to better meet any of a number of different management objectives. Improving tree cover in watersheds, for example, can enhance the quantity and quality of water available to downstream communities.

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.

Biodiversity Conservation

RISE seeks to maintain biodiversity in protected areas, community-based forest management areas, and across the broader landscape. The Philippines is one of the world's 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.

Education & Training

A core component of RISE’s mission is to raise awareness about local land use problems and catalyze action to address them. Through its partnership with ELTI and ITEEM, RISE benefits from decades of experience in conducting an array of different types of educational programs, including field training and outreach events.
RISE also benefits from a series of demonstration sites developed by local People’s Organizations and other partners to showcase a range of different land management strategies. Ultimately, education and capacity building play a central role in all of RISE’s activities.

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