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BSWM Advocates Tree Planting Activities

By Filipina Ventigan
June 26, 2012

The World Day to Combat Desertification is observed every year on June 17. This year, the Day’s slogan is Healthy Soil Sustain Your Life: LET’S GO LAND-DEGRADATION NEUTRAL.

The specific objectives of the 2012 World Day to Combat Desertification are 1) to popularize the idea of becoming land-degradation neutral by setting the target of zero-net land degradation. “Becoming land-degradation neutral” entails preventing healthy soils from improper exploitation and restoring neutral fertility of soils to a sufficient scale; 2) promote the observance event on 17 June 2012 in very country as well as at regional and global levels in order to raise public awareness about the benefits of the zero-net land degradation target for sustainable development and green economy; and 3) promote actions and exchanges among stakeholders in the lead up to the 2012 WDCD and in the longer-term for the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification (2010-2020).

The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) observed the World Day to Combat Desertification by organizing a “Tree Planting” activity at its National Soil and Water Research Center in Brgy. Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal in support for the world-wide advocacy to stop the degradation of lands and depletion of nutrients. A total of 349 coconut, guava, guyabano, jackfruit, narra seedlings, lemon grass, and 500 pineapple slips have been planted. The BSWM also supported this year’s observance of the Soil Conservation Month (June 2012) through the establishment of a techno-demo guided farm in Tanay, Rizal.

Similarly, a tree planting activity was also conducted in Mt. Balagbag Soil Conservation Guided Farm Project in Brgy. San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal. About 100 Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel and BSWM staff participated in planting 1000 coffee seedling in the footslope of Mt. Balagbag last June 23, 2012.

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