Improvement of the Bohol Biodiversity Complex, Philippines
Based on Bohol Island in the Philippines, this project concentrates on the conservation of 16 species of native, threatened Dipterocarpus trees whose locations have been reduced to forest fragments. The main threats to the forest are the planting of exotic, faster reproducing species, habitat loss due to urbanization, agriculture expansion, illegal timber extraction, shortage of Dipterocarpus planting materials and inadequate knowledge about the importance, conservation and sustainable management of these species. The Bohol Biodiversity Complex will produce 20,000 seedlings to be used in restoration planting in at least 40 hectares, and run field trips to collect more seeds and wildlings. In addition the visitor (hikers and birders) experience will be augmented through the development of a new campsite, upgrading trails, training of guides, encouraging locals to grow their own vegetables for use in the complex and trips by school students who will return and establish mini native tree reserves in their own grounds.