A living example of how technology and industry can thrive alongside nature is ACEN’s Conservation Estate in Ilocos Norte, the first of many that the power company envisions to create within its host communities.
The 700-hectare forest protection program has gone a long way since its establishment in 2014. Livelihood programs complement it through seedling production and agroforestry. Long-term sustainability programs anchored on excellent environmental management and biodiversity protection and social programs aim to improve lives within its host communities.
While ACEN powers the region with renewable energy through its two wind farms, North Luzon Renewables and NorthWind, it has drawn the blueprint to preserve and protect life as it flourishes side by side with nature.
As ACEN creates awareness on coastal environment protection, turtle conservation and biodiversity, local residents have also discovered the value of protecting nature in their daily lives, and are now stewards of ACEN’s Conservation Estate.
The forests witness an increase in biodiversity as ACEN, with the help of the locals, create an ecologically diverse landscape through analog forestry. And as the trees grow, the animals return – the forest is now home to 117 species of birds, 33 of which are endemic, and four are classified as vulnerable. Additionally, studies identified the presence of near-threatened monkey species, bats and other animals. The findings show how the Conservation Estate is an important wildlife habitat in the Northern Luzon region, and ACEN is constantly working with local communities to help them understand how their livelihood is directly linked to the natural resources and wildlife.
Meanwhile, in the coastal town of Bangui, species of endangered marine turtles have been observed laying eggs and nesting along the shoreline of the bay. But through awareness campaigns and continuous coordination with the locals, the danger of poaching and smuggling of the eggs have significantly decreased, with the residents acting as guardians of the endangered species, becoming partners of ACEN in turtle conservation.
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