EDC also partnered with individuals and institutions to help manage its 270,000 hectares of geothermal watersheds throughout the country, comprising 1% of the national total land area. We tapped around 90 farmer associations to join EDC’s reforestation campaign, with the former slash-andburn (kaingeros) farmers successfully converted into forest protectors.
One of the important stories of conversion was from the farmers of Baslay in Dauin, Negros Oriental. Three generations of farmers shifted from using slashand-burn techniques to becoming forest protectors, relying on the environment for their livelihood. EDC shared the value of the forest and how it will benefit future generations. Today, the farmers actively join EDC in its mission of regeneration. The Baslay Farmers Association (BFA), with EDC’s help, is now operating the Baslay Coffee Program.