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Tree Planting Tour at Bohol Biodiversity Center

The province of Bohol is currently developing ecotourism initiatives as alternative and as enhancers to the currently available tours such as the Panglao Island land tour and the Bohol countryside tour.














One of these initiatives is an educational tour at the Bohol Biodiversity Center at the Bohol Island State University-Bilar Campus. I came across this information while arranging a trip for a group of clients from Laguna recently. The group asked that a visit to the BBC-BISU-Bilar Campus be added to enhance their countryside tour.

Bohol Biodiversity Center in Bilar Philippines
Bohol Biodiversity Complex



The group from Laguna Technopark Environmental Management Group Multipartite Monitoring Team visited BBC-BISU-Bilar on 10 April 2015. They were first introduced the Bohol Biodiversity Center and its mission of addressing the biodiversity issues in Bohol such as repopulating the forests with endemic tree species which will in turn support the return of fauna into the landscape. After the lecture, a tour of the facility was done, and concluded with a tree planting activity that saw the group plant a total of 46 trees. Cebu Teambuilding Services also joined in the tree planting activity and planted one (1) tree. The good thing about this tree planting activity is that even when tourists are no longer staying after they plant a tree, the center assures them that the tree will be taken cared of.

Bohol Biodiversity Center in Bilar Philippines
Lecture



Bohol Biodiversity Center in Bilar Philippines
Site Tour


Bohol Biodiversity Center in Bilar Philippines
Clint joins the tree planting activity



We recommend this experience for tourists going to Bohol and who would want a novel set of touring activities aside from the usual tours. This endeavor by the Bohol Biodiversity Center to promote ecotourism is supported by a grant from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The Bohol Biodiversity Center can be accessed through an access road from the highway in Bilar town along the route of the countryside tour. The access road is quite narrow but a tourist bus can fit in. Snacks may be served for a fee and can be arranged ahead before your party arrives.







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14 comments:

  1. this activity is full of good intentions, I do really hope that the trees being planted are compatible to the area.

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    1. That's why they put up BBC to address that. Unknown to many, the Bilar man-made forest was a quiet one because mahogany is not a native tree so it is not a good habitat for animal life

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  2. There's one thing about having a business that is earning and is doing good things for nature. I am glad to have known you sir and your business, Cebu TeamBuilding Services.

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    1. Thanks Bjorn! How so little we can give back to nature compared to how much it gives to us

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  3. This is also another productive and sustainable way to tour around Bohol, not just to take pictures and leave your carbon footprint. The timing couldn't have been better since I am going to Bohol next month so I'd like to include this as part of my itinerary.

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    1. I hope you do Jazz, its easy to find as it is along the way to Chocolate hills. Just say its in BISU Bilar campus

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  4. Eco Tourism is one of the most sustainable way to help the locals. I'm hoping to visit BOHOL this year to help promote its local tourism.

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    1. They are actually developing a lot of ecotourism initiatives to add to the tourist areas already in place. it's a good thing

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  5. This is not part of the tour packages but if tourists would really love this experience, they can ask for it. I love this cause!

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    1. Yup, it's right along the way to chocolate hills. One can always drop by here for a few minutes

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  6. You should let me join in these kinds of activities especially when it is in Bohol. ;) Nice post thadz!

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    1. This was with a client. I'll let you know when there are other opportunities

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  7. This is good intentions put into actions. However, the point is, how can the center assure that the trees being planted will be taken cared of? Just my thoughts. I dont intend to some negative but I am just concerned on the trees. :) Thanks for sharing this, kuya thadz! :) Take me sometime if you have activites like this!

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    1. The center will take the responsibility of growing the trees, that is their assurance to us because, certainly we cannot be there to watch it grow

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