As the impact of climate change continues to intensify, civil society organizations have come together to implement advocacies and initiatives to address pressing issues concerning environmental enhancement and biodiversity conservation in the country.
Leading more people to become biodiversity champions, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI), through its biodiversity conservation arm, One To Tree (OTT), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Rotary Club of Manila (RCM), organizations sharing the same passion and vision of taking action through service to the community and the environment.
RAFI-OTT and RCM is working together to conserve the Philippine environment through reforestation initiatives such as, but not limited to, establishing forest parks, urban forests, or mini-forests. This partnership will help engage communities to protect and rehabilitate the environment through establishing native tree nurseries and tree plantations, in collaboration with different partner communities.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed last March 3 by RAFI-OTT’s Executive Committee Chairperson David Aboitiz, and President of RCM Bobby Joseph, with RCM Immediate Past President and National Chairman of The Rotary Ecological and Environmental Strategem (TREES) Jackie Rodriguez, RC – South Davao President Bertel Ingmar Bertelsen, and RAFI-OTT Partnership and Portfolios Manager Miggo Bautista, as witnesses during the signing.
One To Tree (RAFI-OTT, formerly known as RAFI Biodiversity Conservation Unit (BCU)), has been active in reforestation and conservation for over two decades and has achieved a more than 80% survival rate for tree growing. RAFI-OTT also assists companies in the service delivery of Environmental Compliance Certificate requirements set by the Philippine Government, as well as helping them achieve their carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation goals.