Rehabilitation of Arayat Watershed
for the Protection of Candaba Wetlands

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The Candaba Wetlands and Mount Arayat are considered ecologically important areas.  Both ecosystems are habitats of endemic and endangered flora and fauna.  Mt. Arayat tributaries drain into the Pampanga River which bisects the whole Candaba swamp area.  Sediments from soil erosion on the mountain find its way into the Candaba swamp contributing to its eutrophication.  The average depth of the swamp is only 1-2 meters deep, thus making it very vulnerable to sedimentation.  The degradation of the Arayat uplands would also mean the deterioration of the habitat of waterfowls and migratory birds of the swamplands.  Addressing the conservation issues of the uplands would also help address the degradation of the swamplands.  As such the two different ecosystems cannot be separated  from each other.


Rehabilitation and conservation of resources of the Arayat-Candaba watershed is of great importance, not only to the flora and fauna, but also to the local people.  Conserving the upland and swampland resources could eventually conserve its biodiversity.


Approaches and Strategies

The project employs approaches and methods that are highly participatory, transparent, build on or complement existing and proposed effort and promote community empowerment.  It also highlights the replication of a best practice by implementing "tree-preneurship" which was proven highly successful in South Africa.  Moreover, it harnesses the enthusiasm and energy of the youth by training them to become "tree-preneurs" by growing seedlings in their own backyards, maintaining nurseries and plantation enrichment sites.

  General Objectives

The overall objective of the project is to minimize the degradation of the Arayat-Candaba watershed through restoration of habitats of important flora and fauna in the upland ecosystems. 

Specific Objectives -

  • to rehabilitate habitats of important, endemic, endangered species of upland ecosystems by enrichment planting of forest patches in designated areas within the study site through community empowerment and participation
  • to conduct capacity development for efficient resource management and sustainable livelihood development ("tree-preneurship")
  • to increase the awareness and appreciation of the local population on the importance of the Arayat forest cover in the maintenance of the ecosystem integrity of the Arayat-Candaba watershed.

Mount Arayat..... at Candaba Wetlands

Candaba Wetlands..... at Mount Arayat

Treepreneur Project, Phase 1 Treepreneur Project, Phase 2 (Expansion)

Activities for Phase 1

Activities for Phase 2

Community Project Orientation/Forum
Learning Event / Celebration of World Wetlands Day
Training on Nursery Development
Backyard Nurseries of Tree-preneurs
TreeStore for Nursery Group
Training on Plantation Establishment and Maintenance
Plantation Lots of Tree-preneurs
TreeStore for Punong Brigada - Batch 1
Community Forum/Project Orientation
Training on Social Entrepreneurship
Training on Parataxonomy
Training on Nursery Development
Training on Rainforestation
TreeStore for Punong Brigada - Batch 1
TreeStore for Punong Brigada - Batch 2
TreeStore for Nursery Group
Partners for Phase 1 Partners for Phase 2
   MSUFA, an organization of the upland farmers of Mount Arayat    

        MSUFA, an organization of the upland farmers of Mount Arayat   

hauling of seedlings to the plantation enrichment site

in coordination with - with support from -
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