An Approach to Improving the Flow of Information for Forestry Regulation in the Philippines: Trees for Life and Livelihood

Russell, Iean, Mangaoang, Eduardo O., Harrison, Steve, Herbohn, John and Baynes, Jack (2005). An Approach to Improving the Flow of Information for Forestry Regulation in the Philippines: Trees for Life and Livelihood. In: Jungho Suh, Steve R. Harrison, John L. Herbohn, Eduardo O. Mangaong and Jerry Vanclay ACIAR SMALLHOLDER FORESTRY PROJECT - Improving Financial Returns to Smallholder Tree Farmers in the Philippines, Ormoc City, the Philippines, (41-48). 15-17 Febuary, 2005.

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Author Russell, Iean
Mangaoang, Eduardo O.
Harrison, Steve
Herbohn, John
Baynes, Jack
Title of paper An Approach to Improving the Flow of Information for Forestry Regulation in the Philippines: Trees for Life and Livelihood
Conference name ACIAR SMALLHOLDER FORESTRY PROJECT - Improving Financial Returns to Smallholder Tree Farmers in the Philippines
Conference location Ormoc City, the Philippines
Conference dates 15-17 Febuary, 2005
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor Jungho Suh
Steve R. Harrison
John L. Herbohn
Eduardo O. Mangaong
Jerry Vanclay
Start page 41
End page 48
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Tree registration is necessary for the harvest and sale of timber in the Philippines. However, tree registration and harvest and transport approvals are cited as critical constraints to tree growing and market access for existing tree farmers. There is a lack of knowledge of policies and regulations dealing with the ownership of trees, and their harvest, transport and sale, both within the community and even in branches of government. These conditions point to the need for improving the flow of information relating to regulation, from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through Local Government Units and other agencies, to communities, so as to improve market conditions and access. An approach is suggested combining systems thinking and action research. This approach centres on the creation of action research teams involving government and university staff together with community representatives. The choice of action research methods is well suited to the complex situation, the need for change and the spirit of community involved in working with smallholder tree farmers. The key to changing information flow, bureaucratic regulation and community understanding lies in the combination of environmental goals to protect tree cover and biodiversity and the livelihood needs of smallholders. There is a need to promote farm forestry as a means of protecting the environment, and providing vital ecosystem services and opportunities for income generation from renewable resources. There is also a need for government staff to listen to and understand the needs of the farmers involved in forestry. The selected approach is intended to stimulate a passion for making a difference for rural livelihoods, and to promote a simple message of trees for life and livelihood.
Subjects 300602 Tree Improvement (Selection, Breeding and Genetic Engineering)
300606 Agroforestry
300600 Forestry Sciences
300604 Management and Environment
300104 Land Capability and Soil Degradation
Keyword tree farmers
small holders
tree registration
action research
renewable resources
Q-Index Code EX
Additional Notes Project No. ASEM/2003/052

 
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