In partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, Region 10 (DOST-X)and the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PTFCF), Xavier Science Foundation (XSF) gathered buyers, sellers, and other stakeholders for the“Payment for Ecosystem Services: Opportunities for Biodiversity Protection in Mt. Kalatungan Range” Forum on 29 July 2016.
Presentation of efforts and initiatives done in Mt. Kalatungan and cultivation of collaboration were the goals of the forum.
The forum is organized as part of the “Enhancement of Community Capacity for Sustainable Ecological Protection and Economic Development (EcoSEED)” project implemented by XSF and funded by PTFCF. It is in support to Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) project designed to improve the sellers’ capacity in managing the Mt. Kalatungan Natural Range Park in Bukidnon.
Tribes managing Mt. Kalatungan and Mt. Kitanglad Natural Range Parks, cooperatives, business sector, the academe and LGUs expressed their concerns and interest in PES. While presently committed sectors continued, the Cagayan Corn Products Corporation from the business sector newly committed to support PES.
Presented were updates on the 2nd year of PES implementation and results of a hydrological catchment scale study done through EcoSEED. It aims to develop a watershed management model that will support decisions regarding PES. This will guide the reforestation components of PES, such as identifying sites strategic for watershed reforestation.
Among those who graced the event were: Forester Eric Buduan, Senior Project Officer of PTFCF; Alfonso Alamban, director of DOST-X; Most Reverend Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ DD, chair of the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council; and Hon. Orlando Ravanera, chair of the Cooperative Development Authority.
Contributor: Casandra Emata of XSF-ILG