Enhance the productive and protective functions of suitable land resources by facilitating the generation, integration, and adoption of enabling policies and institutional mechanisms, technology and information for a globally competitive Industrial Tree Plantation
A center of excellence in the development of science-based industrial tree plantations for sustainable wood production and environmental services significantly contributing to the welfare of the Filipino people
Once one of the top world timber producers, the Philippines, since the mid-90s has been a net importer of round wood and pulp, and paper products. Other countries in the region such as China, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand have dealt with declining wood supply by embarking on massive sustainable industrial tree plantation (ITP) development. However, the Philippines has been confronted with problems that has stifled the development of ITP. These include among others unresponsive policies on forest resources and forest-based industries; over regulation and poor coordination among agencies and relevant sectors; insecure land tenure; limited information and poor knowledge management; lack of sustained private investment; and poor plantation productivity and quality.
The forestry sector has considerable potentials, both economically and ecologically, in spite of many constraints. Over 4 million ha. are potentially available for plantation development in the entire country that can propel inclusive growth in the countryside.
Actual commercial plantation development is a concern of the private sector, POs, and LGUs. Technology dissemination and adoption are responsibilities of all in the sector. However, no agency orchestrates and integrates all these things. Although there are many serious efforts being done to remedy the situation, these are scattered and the impact is small. Thus, a UPLB Industrial Tree Plantation Center (UPLB ITP Center) is established to facilitate these integration and orchestration processes and mechanisms.
- Facilitate the implementation of ITP-focused research and policy agenda covering various areas in tree plantation development and management including harvesting, processing and marketing
- Promote the adoption of appropriate knowledge, technologies and practices by concerned stakeholders
- Catalyze the production of quality planting materials through biotechnology genomics and tree breeding sciences
- Develop enabling policy and institutional mechanisms for sustainable and synergistic collaborations among LGUs, private sector, financial institution, DENR, NCIP, IPs, POs, and other stakeholders to facilitate ITP development
- Develop criteria and identify areas suitable for various ITP model development and portfolio investment packages
- Formulate and facilitate the effective implementation of a climate-proof industrial tree plantation development program in partnership with the local communities, private sectors, and other concerned institutions
- Research and development & technology transfer
- Policy, institutional, and legal
- Finance and investment
- Training and knowledge management
- System for database management and monitoring of existing plantations in selected regions providing relevant information for an ITP Decision Support System
- Development of science-based technologies and solution to ITP stakeholders
- Operationalized a forest genetics and tree breeding center
- Master plan for national forest plantation development and facilitated its effective implementation
- Suitable policies and institutional arrangements among LGUs, private sectors, DENR, NCIP, IPs, POs and other institutions
- Increased investments to ITP from private sectors, LGUs and other financial institutions
- Responsive ITP-related training and other relevant capacity building programs conducted
- Action research programs on the following key areas in place: forest genetics and tree breeding; intensive silviculture; climate-change adaptive and resilient plantations; wood products harvesting, processing and marketing; financial mechanisms; and the National Forest certification system
DR. ENRIQUE L. TOLENTINO, JR.
Institute of Renewable Natural Resources
College of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of the Philippines Los Baños
College, Laguna 4031, Philippines
Tel: (+63) 49 536 2557