Buffer Zone Rainforest Project (Tribal Agro Forestry Technology
Project - TAFT) is an indigenous initiative of the Higaonon Tribal
people to preserve the last remaining Virgin Rainforest in the Philippines.
The project aims to reforest 500,000
hectares of buffer zone surrounding the virgin forest, with a biodiverse,
analogue food forest and sustainable food crops. The Higaonon have
full ownership of the initiative, the key ingredient for its success.
In conjunction with this project, a Training Nursery has been set
up to raise seedlings for the Buffer Zone.
About The Buffer Zone Project
the past three years, a very successful pilot project of 100 hectares
has been implemented - called the TAFT Project - a "Forest
Management Plan" conceived by the elders of the tribe and funded
by organizations in the USA. and Ausralia.
The aim of the Forest Management Plan is to re-forest the area
by building a 'Rainforest Buffer Zone' which will surround the virgin
rainforest. This Zone will also include crops of sustainable
food for the peoples survival.
The concept is similar to the Great Wall of China, except that
the Buffer Zone will be made of a biodiverse analogue food forest,
acting as a wall of protection to the purity of the virgin forest,
(a sustainable food source for its inhabitants).
How It Works
family becomes the steward of a one-hectare lot, comprising 100
assorted food, watershed and medicine trees in a ten by ten spacing.
Fast growing trees like banana palms are planted as 'nurse' trees
to protect and shade the new seedlings. Food crops like cassava,
taro, sweet potatoes and corn are grown to provide the tribe with
a food source until the new trees such as Durian, Mango, Lanzones,
Rhambutan, Mahogany, Lawaan, Molave, Payaw and forest palms mature.
Gradually the Mother trees in the forest will fly their seeds to
the turned ground and forest trees will begin to sprout. A natural
regeneration will occur, leading to the eventual replacement of
the companion crops.
Buffer Zone Crop with
coconuts, mangoes, pineapples
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