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The Philippines: Trees vs. Farmland -- Nature and Humans both Benefit from Climate Protection

Sixty percent of the Philippines was once covered with rainforest; today less than a third remains. The decline is in part due to the demand for tropical wood. Now a climate initiative is developing incentives to preserve the rainforest.

Local residents who promise they will not fell any trees are provided with a plot of land, fruit trees, and the equipment needed for cultivation. In return, the residents help plant trees to replenish the rainforest.