In some parts of Palawan, up to 95% of the natural vegetation has been destroyed because of kaingin or slash-and-burn farming, a traditional rice-planting method used by local residents. The lack of trees has caused flash floods and landslides during the rainy season. Moreover, without tree roots to keep the soil together, siltation, or soil polluting the water has started to happen, endangering marine life. Natural water sheds also have been severely depleted because of the lack of trees to “catch” the water from rain causing a shortage in clean fresh water for local communities. Thus, Save Palawan Seas Foundation has organized numerous tree-planting activities in various locations in order to help re-grow the tree canopy, restore natural water sheds, and prevent floods and landslides that endanger low-lying communities. These initiatives are done through partnerships with residents, barangay officials, local governments, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO) Taytay, foresters, forest rangers, the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), and Terramar Aqua Resources, Inc. During each activity, seedlings of forest wood and fruit-bearing trees are distributed and planted by the communities along with a promise to care for them. Fortunately, numerous communities see the wisdom in planting the trees and with that, a hope for a greener future.
- Sitio Calampisao, Maobanen Island (October 6, 2010)
- Sitio Calabugtong, ____ Island (June 14, 2013)
- Baragay Casian, ______Island (August 30, 2013)