Rubber Trees

The CPRSX Climate Change Action Plan ™ includes developing new Rubber Tree Plantations following the detoxifying of redundant and previously logged lands, because the climate is suitable for rubber tree plantations One  hectare can hold around 625 Rubber trees which mature within 5-7 years. Their carbon sequestration rate is one of the highest, of all tree species. Two studies in Ghana and Brazil confirm their exceptional carbon sequestration rates. Therefore, CPRSX plans to develop Rubber Tree plantations on the Ancestral Domain not for rubber production but, for their high carbon sequestration capacity. If rubber trees are not tapped for rubber they have the potential to sequester around 524 tonnes per hectare per year.

Two Filipino academics recommend further studies into the relationship between rubber tree plantations and their rubber production value, contrasted with their carbon sequestration value. The academics are Associate Professor Arturo SA. Castillo of the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, College of Natural resources, University of the Philippines Los Banos and Assistant Professor Tomaso D. Reyes Jr., Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, College of Agriculture and Forestry, Bohol Island State University, Billar Bohol.

In their discussion papers concerning Carbon Stock Estimates of Rubber Plantation at Makiling Forest Reserve, they identified the potential revenue making potential of rubber plantations in sequestering carbon. They recommended a nationwide study to  determine, quantify and value the potential environmental-social contributions and benefits of rubber plantations in the Philippines to mitigate climate change. 

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