EDC continues to stand at the forefront of environmental protection and conservation. BINHI, EDC’s banner project on reforestation, successfully planted 6.8 million native and fruit tree seedlings on more than 10,000 hectares of land within its managed forests throughout the country. To date, BINHI is the largest private-sector greening initiative in terms of coverage and conservation of Philippine native trees. In 2021, EDC invested PHP 25.7 million for its environmental initiatives and watershed management programs under the BINHI Program, supporting foresters, botanists, wildlife biologists, and other private and public partners.
Adding to BINHI’s milestones for the year are the forest protection initiatives that created local forest protection groups in Leyte. Forest protection brigades for six barangays and a Multi-Sectoral
Forest Protection Council (MFPC) were organized and established in Ormoc City. In Negros Occidental, the Kanlaon Green Brigade (KGB) initiative was established, while Negros Oriental launched its Task Force Bantay Kabtangan (TFBK) which successfully ensured zero forest fires.
In collaboration with the University of the Philippines Institute of Biology (UP-IB), the Biodiversity Conservation and Monitoring Program (BCMP) was expanded to include Flagship Species Initiative and the development of Biodiversity Metrics for geothermal projects. In 2021, the program reported 514 total unique species of fauna within the EDC-managed forests, wherein more than half of the species are endemic. BINHI also added 570 hectares of new plantation throughout its project sites, and produced 581,000 quality seedlings in its central and satellite nurseries.