Early 2013, brimming with optimism and full of good intentions, I met with Chief Abella of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of the Visayas, Philippines to propose planting indigeanous species of trees on 3 hectares of land. Out came the Chief’s calculator and 20 minutes later I emerged from his office having agreed to plant 80,000 seedlings on 50 hectares of land over the course of the next 5 years.
This website plots my endeavour. With little knowledge of biology and forestry management, I have set myself a goal of nurturing to full growth 80,000 trees, recognising that this might require twice or thrice the amount of seedlings. I also recognise that I will need help from the Environment office, from the local communities, from the scientific community and above all from my friends and I hope that the website will provide a platform to interact with the parties involved as well as provide data that may be of use to other groups interested in tree-planting in the Philippines.
The website will not be fully functional until mid 2013.