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La Mesa Watershed

The La Mesa Watershed in Quezon City is the primary source of drinking water of about 12 million Metro Manila residents. The property is owned by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), a government agency. La Mesa Watershed is 2700 hectares, 700 hectares of which is the reservoir and 2000 hectares of which is the surrounding forest. This forest is the last remaining one of its size in Metro Manila and serves as its carbon dioxide sink. La Mesa Watershed, therefore, is vital to the city, not only because it is a primary source of drinking water, but also because its forest functions as the lungs of Metro Manila, providing it with clean air.

Due to lack of funds, illegal settling, poaching and logging, La Mesa Watershed came into disrepair and ruin. In 1999, ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. created Bantay Kalikasan (Nature Watch) and, in partnership with the MWSS, undertook the Save La Mesa Watershed Project. The project aimed to rehabilitate, reforest, preserve and protect La Mesa Watershed. The total area that needed reforestation was 1500 hectares. Today, only a small number of hectares remain to be planted. Bantay Kalikasanís strategy of actively involving the general public in the project, through its Adopt/Protect-ATree/ Hectare programs, was key to its success.

Please visit http://www.lamesawatershed.com/ for more information.

La Mesa Forest
La Mesa Forest
La Mesa Forest and city skyline
La Mesa Forest and city skyline
La Mesa Reservoir
La Mesa Reservoir
La Mesa Reservoir
La Mesa Reservoir
Huge tree
Huge tree
Forest Haven
Forest Haven
Morning light
Morning light
Forest bridge
Forest bridge
La Mesa Forest
La Mesa Forest