Philippines: The Cordillera region in Philippines has marked an increase in its forest cover from 2003 to 2010, according to the research done by the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA).
“NAMRIA found out that Cordillera’s forest covers increased by a big percentage after they conducted a satellite remapping of the country’s forest cover in 2010, compared to the mapping list in 2003. Generally a decrease (in the forest cover) was noted nationwide. So it is good news that Cordillera managed to increase,” said Clarence Baguilat, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Executive Director. Active reforestation efforts and the region’s topography and climate were the factors cited by the Namria for the Cordillera’s increased forest covers.