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Ipo Watershed is located within the Angat Watershed Forest Reserve in Norzagaray, Bulacan. Its forest cover has dramatically halved in recent years, threatening the wildlife, biodiversity, and communities residing in the area.
What is a watershed?
A watershed is an area of land where rainfall converges into a body of water. It is normally used as a potable water source, but the quality of water is also crucial for preserving the wildlife and forest cover in the watershed. In turn, the forest cover plays a major role in filtering, storing, and supplying fresh water to cities.
What causes forest degradation?
Around 47,000 hectares of forest cover are lost every year. In Ipo Watershed alone, forest cover has dramatically dropped from 85% to just 40% — an alarming rate, considering forests are our first line of defense against natural calamities like landslides and flash floods. Widespread and uncontrolled logging has been responsible for much of the deforestation.
How can we help?
More than tree planting, the main thrust of WWF and GCash Forest’s campaign is tree management, which is helping ensure that the fully-grown trees provide their full benefits to the area’s biodiversity. These benefits include minimizing erosion, increasing ground water recharge, mitigating pollution, and providing livelihood opportunities for the community.