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