In response to a catastrophic loss of national forest due to illegal mining and logging operations, the Philippine National Police Force has teamed up with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to plant 10 million trees by February 28, 2013. Seeking to combat climate change through much needed reforestation, the 140,000 strong force will plant the trees as part of the Philippines National Greening Project. The DENR hope that the partnership, named Police for Nature: 10 Million Trees Heritage for the Future, will lead to the rehabilitation of 200,000 hectares of lost canopy, an effort that will require 114 million seedlings.
Manmade Forest: result of 1960 reforestation
It has been estimated that the Philippines loses 2% of its tree cover each year. The Philippine Government has responded aggressively, with the DENR announcing last year that it needs a green army composed of hundreds of forestry graduates to supervise the reforestation of the country's 8 million hectares of denuded forest lands. The 140,000 strong police force is responsible for planting only six seedlings a month from established nurseries in all police camps, also providing a readily available force of planters.