Masungi Georeserve Foundation (MGFI) and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), the country’s leading producer of geothermal energy, have signed a partnership to grow and preserve the Philippines’ endangered native and premium tree species in the vicinity of the georeserve.
Masungi Georeserve will be a safe haven for the unimpeded growth of these future mother trees and ensure their long-term survival for generations to come.
The partnership will also allow guests and community members of Masungi Georeserve to appreciate these vanishing species and contribute to their preservation.
The partnership is part of EDC’s “Tree for the Future” module under “BINHI: Let the Future Take Root”, the company’s nationwide reforestation project which aims to reforest 1,000 hectares of land per year.
“Tree for Future” focuses on biodiversity preservation at the species level and aims to rescue and secure endangered premium Philippine timber tree species by planting their seedlings in areas that provide a safe haven for the long-term survival of future mother trees, thus ensuring continuous seed production of these vanishing species.
Representatives of MGFI and EDC planted an initial fifty (50) trees composed of ten vulnerable to critically endangered species along the Discovery Trail on December 2, 2016.
The species include the Molave, Tindalong, Philippine Teak and Kamagong, all of which are apt for Masungi’s karst landscape. www.binhi.ph