Much of CI's current initiatives in PPLS are being undertaken under the Philippine Peñablanca Sustainable Reforestation Project (PPPSRP), a six-year project funded by Toyota Motor Corporation and implemented by CI with the local government of Peñablanca and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The project aims to rehabilitate 2,500 hectares of open, denuded areas through a combination of reforestation, enhancement planting and agro-forestry.
The first phase of the project (2007-2010) succeeded in reforesting 1,212 hectares using indigenous tree species. The local communities were also trained in seedling production so they can manage the ten seedling nurseries that were established. The second phase of the project will reforest 588 hectares of degraded land for watershed rehabilitation and biodiversity protection.
To provide livelihood opportunities to local communities engaged in forest restoration efforts, five hundred sixty hectares were planted with fruit trees (mostly mango, for its high marketability). Forty thousand mango trees, 12,000 other fruit trees and 300,000 trees for fuel wood were planted within 2007-2010. The second phase of the project will complete the planting of 140 hectares of fruit trees for agro-forestry.
Community Forest Guards were organized and trained in forest protection, forest fire prevention, and plantation management and maintenance. More than a hundred community members were trained in forest protection and law enforcement, enabling them to become active participants in protecting their forest restoration areas.
Along with the Quirino Forest Carbon Project, the Philippine Peñablanca Sustainable Reforestation Project passed the
Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards garnering Gold Level ratings — the first projects in the Philippines to gain such recognition. CCB Standards is the most widely used and globally respected international standard for evaluating forest-based projects. These standards help ensure that projects provide multiple benefits expected from them such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity conservation and community well-being.