Tina Schneider , MF

2011 TRI Fellow in Phillipines

Growth performance and species-site relationships in native species reforestation in the Philippines

Growth rates and survival of native species were measured in a native species reforestation project across 26 sites located on the eastern side of the island of Leyte, in the Visayas region of the Philippines. The aim of the research was to help generate information on species-site relationships for native species and to help understand the success of the Rainforestation methodology on the ground. The research objective was to compare growth and survival of different native and exotic species across the 26 Rainforestation sites established on Leyte between 1992 and 1999 by measuring diameter at breast height and total height of the trees planted, following a random sampling design based on transects and fixed area plots. Soil samples were also collected at all 26 sites with a soil augur. No overall assessment of all sites has been conducted since 2002. An updated assessment is important since the trees in many sites are now being harvested, and measurements in many cases could be conducted before the timber was cut.


Assessing Rainforestation: The Social and Ecological Effects of Smallholder-based Native Species Reforestation in the Philippines