Institute of

International Forestry and Forest Economics


Anna Frerck
Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics

Leuschnerstraße 91
21031 Hamburg-Bergedorf
Phone: +49 40 739 62 301
Fax: +49 40 739 62 399

Field campaign Philippines successfully completed - LaForeT Project


After one and half year of intensive preparation, scoping, typhoons and rebel encounters we are pleased to announce that LaForeT Philippines completed its fieldwork in its 12 study landscapes in April 2018.

Linkes Foto: Das regionale Feldforschungsteam der Isabella State University in Nord Luzon mit dem LaForeT Landeskoordinator Dr Melvin Lippe (links außen) und der regionalen Projektkoordinatorin Dr. Cecillia Mangabat (rechts außen). Rechtes Foto: Lokale Kohleherstellung inmitten eines Sekundärwaldes in Barangay Patunungan, Sta Anna, Cagayan Province (© Melvin Lippe)

This success was only possible with the help of our country experts from the LaForeT partners:

  • University of the Philippines Los Banos (Prof. Dr Juan Pulhin & Priscila Dolom, UPLB),
  • Isabella State University (Assoc. Prof. Dr Cecillia Mangabat, ISU) and
  • Visayas State University (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Renz Come and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Angel Baldos, VSU), and
  • our regional field teams of up to twenty assistants that were working in our core study regions Leyte (Leyte and Southern Leyte Provinces) and Northern Luzon (Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino Provinces).

Altogether we conducted fieldwork in 60 Barangays (villages), conducted 36 key informant interviews, 48 focus group workshops, assessed 391 inventory plots (prim./sec. forest, agroforestry, plantations, grassland), interviewed 1228 households and recorded over 6000 ground control points for satellite data interpretation in the field.
We thank all partners, communities and people in the villages for active participation and look forward to the next challenge: scientific and integrated data evaluation, and the organisation of regional feedback workshops.