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Cagalanan D.,World Agroforestry Center Philippines
Society and Natural Resources | Year: 2015

Community-based forest management (CBFM) is the national strategy for forest conservation in the Philippines. This research explores state-led CBFM in the Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP). Inside the park, multiple CBFM project sites exist under two state-led programs: the Integrated Social Forestry Program and the Community-Based Forest Management Program. These CBFM initiatives in the park have been hindered by the combination of local proximate factors—conservation not being a local priority, a lack of experience in conservation and community resource management, and a lack of awareness of state-led initiatives and associated regulations—and underlying structural factors—policy design and implementation that fails to adequately address these proximate factors, a lack of sustained government support for local projects, and overlapping but poorly integrated initiatives between offices across institutional scales and on the ground. The success of future state-led conservation initiatives in the park partially hinges on rectifying these problems. © 2015, Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Garcia K.,World Agroforestry Center Philippines | Lasco R.,World Agroforestry Center Philippines | Ines A.,Columbia University | Lyon B.,Columbia University | Pulhin F.,World Agroforestry Center Philippines
Applied Geography | Year: 2013

Climate change is projected to alter the geographic distribution of forest ecosystems. This study aimed to evaluate the consequences of climate change on geographical distributions and habitat suitability of 14 threatened forest tree species in the Philippines. Based on the principle of maximum entropy, it utilized a machine algorithm called Maxent to estimate a target probability distribution and habitat suitability of the selected species. Threatened forest tree species occurrence records and sets of biophysical and bioclimatic variables were inputted to Maxent program to predict current and future distribution of the species. The Maxent models of the threatened species were evaluated using Receiver Operating Characteristics Area Under Curve (ROC AUC) and True Skill Statistics (TSS) tests which revealed that the models generated were better than random. The Maxent models ROC AUC values of the 14 species range from 0.70 to 0.972 which is higher than 0.5 of a null model. Based on TSS criteria, Maxent models performed good in two species, very good in ten species, and excellent in two species. Seven species (Afzelia rhomboidea; Koordersiodendron pinnatum; Mangifera altissima; Shorea contorta; Shorea palosapis; Shorea polysperma; Vitex parviflora) were found to likely benefit from future climate due to the potential increase in their suitable habitat while the other seven species (Agathis philippinensis; Celtis luzonica; Dipterocarpus grandiflorus; Shorea guiso; Shorea negrosensis; Toona calantas; Vatica mangachapoi) will likely experience decline in their suitable habitat. This study provided an initial understanding on how the distribution of threatened forest trees will be affected by climate change in the Philippines. The generated species distribution models and habitat suitability maps could be used as basis in formulating appropriate science-based adaptation policies, strategies and measures that could enhance the resilience of those threatened forest tree species and their natural ecosystems to current and future climate. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

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