Enhancing People's Participation in the Conservation and Protection of Mt. Magdiwata Watershed Forest Reserve Area
Enhancing People's Participation in the Conservation and Protection of Mt. Magdiwata Watershed Forest Reserve Area
The project is a community-based watershed protection and conservation of Mt. Magdiwata Forest Reserve Area thru strengthening the participation of the people's organizations and indigenous peoples. Mt. Magdiwata is a biodiversity rich area and an important forest reserve in Agusan del Sur.

One major problem of the community is the sustainability of the quantity and quality of its water supply. It is being threatened by the denudation of the watershed particularly in the surrounding areas of the spring. There is a need to plant and conserve the 50 hectare area of the water source.

The project aims to strengthen the participation of the people's organization and indigenous groups in the conservation and protection of the Mt. Magdiwata Forest Reserve Area by building and/or upgrading their skills and knowledge in watershed planning, local governance participation and in technical activities such as nursery establishment, conservation, and enrichment planting and protection activities. The project intends tro promote indigenous knowledge effective in conservation of the watershed.
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Project Snapshot

LEAF Foundation Inc.
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 42,496.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 7,948.01
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 4,628.13
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Mt. Magdiwata Watershed Forest Reserve Area is perhaps the only lowland intact dipterocarp forest that can be found within 2 kilometers from any populated town center. It drains some of its water to the Agusan Marshland- an area under NIPAS. The project will definitely contribute to the conservation of the remaining natural forest, preserve whatever flora and fauna in the area, minimize soil erosion and siltation to the creeks flowing downstream being used for irrigation, domestic and commercial purposes.
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
The Manobo IP in Barangay Alegria has its own structural organization based on its cultural practices. In the project, they will be the beneficiaries-cum-implementor of the project activities within their claimed areas. Particularly on the management of the project, the Manobos shall form part of the Advisory Committee of the project. They shall also participate in the monitoring and evaluation, watershed protection activities, nursery establishment, planning of the watershed management plan and consultation meetings. All training activities shall include the IP group (Alegria Tribal Settlers Association) in Brgy. Alegria. A special training on financial management shall be undertaken for the IP association as part of strengthening their capability. The cooperative and the Manobo IP will be trained in the actual establishment of seedlings nurseries which wil gather and raise fruits and indigenous tree species.
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