The Philippines is a megadiverse country and one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. The country ranks fifth in overall number of plant species, and exhibits a high degree of endemism: at least 25 genera of plants and 49% of the Philippines’ terrestrial wildlife species can only be found here.
The country was originally covered with lush tropical forests; now, only about 7 million hectares of forests remain, out of a total land area of 30 million hectares.
Christians in Conservation Philippines, an A Rocha Associated Project, is contributing to the restoration of Philippine forests through its Tree-Bute programme. This involves planting trees to commemorate milestones creating forest parks and nurseries of endemic and native trees, promoting advocacy, mobilizing the churches, and carrying out research, development and education.
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Photo: Male Olive-backed Sunbird Cinnyris jugularis