Forests cover one-third of the Earth’s land mass and are the most biologically diverse ecosystems, making them vital to about 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. Above all, indigenous cultures depend on forests for their livelihood, food and shelter.
With our forests threatened today, we face the reality of water and food insecurity, biodiversity loss, contaminated air and vulnerability to natural disasters.
Today, March 21, 2020, on the International Day of Forests, XSF stands to the call that forests are too precious too lose. Everyone is encouraged to undertake efforts to organize activities in the preservation of our trees and forests.
XSF continues to initiate the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)-Kalatungan which is a multi-stakeholder initiative to reforest critical sub-watersheds of the Cagayan de Oro river basin. Let’s continue to support indigenous and local communities who have safeguarded forests around the world!