Carood pushed as model forest
Tagbilaran City (31 March) -- Community initiatives set for the forest covering Carood is now being considered as a factor establishing the area as model forest in the Philippines and in Asia, reveals environment and natural resources officer Nestor Canda recently.
International Model Forest Network has proposed making Carood a model forest while assessing the local government unit and inter agency multi-sectoral consortium initiatives set for the area, the Environmental Science for Social Change said in its website.
Model forest, in this technical sense is determined by the ways in which different communities, local government units, and NGOs are attempting to link initiatives to develop integrated resource management systems to the area concerned.
Carood spans portions of six municipalities in eastern Bohol, covering about 20,500 hectares, approximately 10% is under forests and occupied by several thousand households using its resources.
To sustain resources and allow people to co-manage the area, the government, has issued some six Community-based Forest Management Agreements (CBFMAs) in Carood, for reforestation projects covering nearly 2,500 hectares of land, some in the uplands and others for coastal mangrove forests.
Straddling portions of Ubay, Alicia, Pilar, Candijay, Guindulman and Mabini, Carood, like any model forest across the globe would be determined on the basis of development approach that combines the social, cultural and economic needs of local communities with the long-term sustainability of large landscapes in which forests are an important feature.
The initiatives are voluntary and broad-based linking forestry, research, agriculture, mining, recreation, and other values and interests within a given landscape.
Carood, said to be one of the most barren of Bohol's watersheds just had huge tracts reforested by communities after civic groups like the Manila Bulletin, started putting in funds to replenish lost cover.
The Carood also provides water to the Calanggaman open dam of the Ubay Waterworks System; the Ilaya Small Reservoir Impounding Project (SRIP) and the Metro San Pascual Waterworks System both in Ubay.
It also supplies Cayacay SRIP in Alicia and Mabini; the Malinao and Bayongan dams of the Bohol Irrigation Project (BHIP) Stages 1 and 2 in Pilar and San Miguel towns, respectively and the Gabayan, Canawa, Cadapdapan, Tugas and Boongon SRIPs in Candijay, plus the Inaghuban SRIP in Pilar. (PIA-Bohol) [top]