The Philippines prepares for Smart Tree-Invest

A new project that develops co-investment schemes for environmental services has started in the Philippines


By Kharmina Anit and Joan Urquiola


Most smallholding farmers in rural areas are vulnerable to biophysical and socio-political shocks and have poor access to human, social, natural, physical and financial capital. This weakens their adaptive capacity and thus affects their livelihoods and quality of life.

Climate-smart, Tree-based, Co-investment in Adaptation and Mitigation in Asia (Smart Tree-Invest) is a new action-research project implemented by the World Agroforestry Centre Southeast Asia Regional Program and funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees Agroforestry’s component on Landscape Management of Forested Areas for Environmental Services, Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihoods.

Smart Tree-Invest, focus-group discussion, Philippines, inception workshop

Discussion at the Smart Tree-Invest workshop, the Philippines. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre

An inception workshop introduced the project to the key stakeholders in Lantapan on 1 August 1 2014 in Haus Malibu, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Representatives from the provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Bukidnon Environment and Natural Resources Office and the mayor’s office; Datu Makapukaw Adolino Saway Jr, leader of the Tala-andig tribe; and leaders or representatives of the 14 village governments of Lantapan attended the workshop.

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This work is supported by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry




Rob Finlayson

Robert Finlayson is the Southeast Asia program's regional communications specialist. As well as writing stories for the Centre's website, he devises and supervises strategies for projects and the countries in the Southeast Asia region, including scripting and producing videos, supervising editors and translators and also assisting with resource mobilization.

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