Miner leads reforestation drive across five Surigao del Sur towns
In a bid to help reforest the towns adjoining its mining tenement, Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) said it recently kicked off a multi-stakeholder reforestation program covering more than a thousand hectares.
MMDC’s tree-planting drive involves over planting of 2.9 million trees and covers the five Surigao del Sur municipalities of Cantilan, Carrascal, Madrid, Carmen and Lanuza.
These towns host one of the country’s remaining “old growth” forests (also called virgin or primary forests), which have been ravaged by years of illegal logging activities, slash-and-burn cultivation and other destructive agricultural practices.
Manuel Torres, MMDC Environmental Manager, said MMDC’s greening project involves reforestation and maintenance to create biodiverse system with multiple uses, such as: agro-forestry, production forest, protection forest, and restoration/riparian zones.
He also noted that most of the recipient towns are outside of the company’s 4,799-hectare mining concession.