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Rainforestation National Trainer’s Training - Leyte, Philippines - April


This field-based course is designed to train people from diverse sectors who are actively involved in or have plans to develop land rehabilitation programs using Rainforestation techniques. Through a series of lectures, field visits, and hands-on exercises, they learn what they need in order to establish demonstration plots and implement Rainforestation projects in their regions. As new trainers, they are expected to take this knowledge back to their organizations and communities, lead the implementation of local projects, and spread the technology.


Module 1. Exploring the Biodiversity of the Philippines

  • Explores the state of biodiversity in the Philippines and the major threats and impacts to biodiversity in the country, stressing the importance of conserving tropical ecosystems, especially tropical rainforests.

Module 2. Introduction to Philippine Forest Ecosystems

  • Introduction to the 12 forest ecosystem types found in the Philippines and their characteristics, followed by an analysis of their values and uses, and the main threats and impacts they face.

Module 3. Dendrological Characteristics and Phenological Observation of Indigenous Tree Species

  • Collection of seeds from “mother” trees, the phenology of rainforest trees, the adequate timing for seed collection, and the most appropriate techniques for collecting seedlings. Identification of some key native tree species.

Module 4. Nursery Establishment and Seedling Production

  • Hands-on training on different techniques in preparing the potting medium, constructing the seedling recovery chamber and shed beds, as well as proper site selection, and planting layout. Field exercises about sowing and transplanting in open beds, the care and maintenance of seedlings, the preparation of planting stock for field planting and the culling and grading of nursery plants. 

Module 5. Rainforestation Site Establishment

  • An overview of what rainforestation entails, its key objectives, main implementation strategies and procedures employed. Establishment of a rainforestation site and how to conduct initial site assessments of the land, develop site plans, and create plantation records and maps. Ecological aspects and characteristics of some rainforest tree species. Steps in the establishment of a rainforestation plot with an emphasis on tree planting techniques. Economic viability of rainforestation technology, tools and methods.

Day 1

  • Registration
  • Opening Program
  • Exploring Philippine Biodiversity
  • Introduction to Philippine Forest Ecosystem 
  • Nursery Establishment and Production of Indigenous forest tree seedlings 
  • Rainforestation Introduction 

Day 2

  • Field Work: Nursery Establishment and Layout, Preparation of Shed beds, Preparation of potting medium, Preparation of wildling recovery chamber, Bagging

Day 3

  • Fieldwork: Dendrology, Phenology and Wildling Collection
  • Fieldwork: Potting of Wildlings, Inoculation with Mycorrhizae and Installation of wildling recovery chamber

Day 4

  • Fieldwork: Rainforestation Farm Establishment: Laying out, Digging and Planting
  • Rainforestation Site Visits: Marcos, Baybay, Leyte; Cienda San Vicente Farmers’ Association, Gabas, Baybay, Leyte
  • Action Plan Workshop and Presentations: Eastern Visayas

 Day 5

  • Rainforestation Site Visit: Catmon, Ormoc City; Mahagay, Albuera; Mailhi, Baybay; Punta, Baybay
  • Action Plan Workshop and Presentations: Western and Central Visayas

 Day 6

  • Action Plan Workshop and Presentations: Minadanao Areas
  • Evaluation
  • Closing Program