Forests for Life Movement

The Forests for Life Movement (formerly Rainforestation Organizations and Advocates or ROAD to 2020) is a movement committed to restore forests.

Forests are more than just a group of trees. They hold biodiversity or a variety of life, and are a crucial part of watersheds worldwide; areas in which people like you get their water from.

Unlike the type of reforestation that uses any tree species, even exotic kinds to guarantee fast growth or to build plantations for lumber, rainforestation is a practice that utilizes the planting of native or indigenous trees. In doing so, soil quality and stability in tree planting sites are improved, biodiversity of local areas are brought back, and ecological services that forests provide are maximized. These services include, but are not limited to, provision of water from forested watersheds, ample oxygen and clean air, carbon sequestration, and more.

Research has shown that Philippine forest cover must reach 54% in order to maintain these ecological processes in the country (Sajise 1996). The current state of Philippine forests is at 22.8% (DENR-FMB 2012), which is far from the ideal.

Forests for Life Movement is building a national effort to bring back our forests to ensure the continuous provision of basic human needs, and to conserve the unique biodiversity that live in them.

Join the effort and visit our Forests for Life Movement page here.

Vision of the Forests for Life Movement

To bring back biodiversity of Philippine Rainforests using native tree species to sustain provision of ecological goods and services.

Mission of the Forests for Life Movement

An environmental conservation movement to restore Philippine rainforests using native tree species through an informed and engaged people.

A sample list of groups and organizations part of the movement:

  • 4KD-Kilusang Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran sa Kanayunan ng Dampay Inc.
  • Barangay Council of Tanauan, Real, Quezon
  • Baras Municipal Government
  • BUVFAI (Bukal Upland Vegetable Farmers Association Inc.)
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4A
  • ECOSAVE Inc. (Lake Caliraya Ecology Saviour for Environment Inc.)
  • Environment and Natural Resources Guards. Inc. (ENRGI)
  • Forest Resources Bill Network
  • Mahipon Farmers Marketing Cooperative
  • Maralitang Mangingisda ng Munting Sabang Association (MMMSA) of Infanta, Quezon
  • Muling Pagsibol ng mga Punla para sa Kinabukasan
  • National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR)
  • NUVALI Companies
  • Rain Forest Restoration Initiative (RFRI)
  • Rizal Municipal Government of Laguna
  • Rizal Provincial Government
  • Samahan ng mga Mamamayang Nagsasaka Para sa Kaunlaran ng Banahaw (SAMAKABA)
  • San Cristobal Farmers’ Association (SCFA)
  • Sangguniang Barangay of San Andres, Tanay, Rizal
  • Sangguniang Barangay of San Cristobal, San Pablo City, Laguna
  • SKFA (Sagip Kagubatan Famers Association)
  • University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)