BAMBOO FOR LIFE

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This project is under the administration of former GM Edgardo Manda. In line with the efforts to restore the degraded areas of Laguna de Bay Watershed, the LLDA in 2008 initiated the implementation of the Laguna de Bay Watershed Bamboo for Life Project in collaboration with PAGCOR thru its Green Philippines Movement and Rotary Club of Makati Central. Basically, this project aims to reforest denuded areas and stabilize river banks using bamboo as well as provide livelihood opportunities on bamboo related enterprises to the various stakeholders of Laguna de Bay.

In over two years of project implementation, the following accomplishments have been achieved:

Establishment and Operation of Bamboo Nursery and Bambusetum cum Training Center inside the 32-hectare LLDA Complex in Calauan, Laguna; currently, the LLDA has a collection of more or less 40 various species of bamboo wherein 265 have been planted in the bambusetum and about 2500 bamboo planting materials available at the Bamboo Nursery in Calauan, Laguna;

Development of pilot bamboo plantation of Kawayang Tinik and Giant Bamboo inside the 32-hectare LLDA property in the shoreland areas of Lumban, Laguna. Currently, about 6 hectares has been planted and the remaining 4 hectares will be completed within CY 2010. This project is being implemented through the technical expertise of DENR-ERDB and financial assistance of DOST-PCARRD;

“Bamboo Negosyo Village in Pangil” – a community based bamboo reforestation initiative of the LLDA in collaboration with the Laguna de Bay Conservation Society and the Local Government of Pangil, Laguna. This project target to reforest about 300 hectares of degraded lands with bamboo and other forest and agricultural crops and at the same time, provide alternative livelihood opportunities to the residents of Barangay Galalan, Pangil, Laguna especially those involve in illegal logging and charcoal making. Selected residents will be trained on nursery establishment, bamboo propagation and plantation establishment and management including bamboo enterprise development specifically on bamboo propagation as well as shoot and pole production;

Capability building and technology transfer on bamboo propagation and plantation management – the LLDA Technical Working Group overseeing the implementation of this project has attended 3 trainings on Bamboo Stand Rehabilitation, Propagation, Plantation Management and Utilization and have organized and conducted a total of 11 trainings on bamboo nursery establishment, propagation, plantation development and management including bamboo enterprise development for the various stakeholders in Laguna de Bay as well as in Bauan, Batangas and Aurora province;

Dispersal of bamboo planting materials to various LGUs and bamboo planting activities along river banks of Lumban river and watershed area in Barangay Galalan, Pangil, Laguna. More or less 500 bamboo propagules have been dispersed and planted in various areas of the Laguna de Bay Watershed;

Provision of technical assistance and bamboo planting materials to BFAR Region 4A for the establishment of 2-hectare Bamboo Plantation inside their property in Bay, Laguna. undertaken in 2010.