The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conducted a five-day Joint Scoping Mission with the World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) on November 23-27, 2015 after the Government of the Philippines (GOP) through the DENR expressed its intent to be part of the global strategic program under the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) leading to the Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR) to address climate change and variability challenges.
Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) attended the 15th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium held in Cagliari City of Sardinia, Italy. DENR’s participation was ably facilitated by the Project Management Office (PMO) of the Integrated Persistent Organic Pollutants (IPOPs) Management Project with support from the World Bank.
With the development of ecosystem accounts for Southern Palawan nearing finalization, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), together with the World Bank, conducted dissemination forums in Palawan. This activity forms part of the implementation of review mission for the Philippines Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (Phil-WAVES) Project of the Bank.
The seventh implementation support mission for the Integrated Persistent Organic Pollutants (IPOPs) Management Project was carried out from July 13 to 31, 2015. The mission discussed about the Project Restructuring and conducted field visits to the project sites in the cities of Cabanatuan, Legazpi, and Butuan for the UPOPs Action Plan implementation. The mission capped off with a management meeting presided by DENR Undersecretary Manuel Gerochi on July 31, 2015.
In cooperation with the United Nations – Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (DENR-FASPS) participated in the 2nd High-Level Training on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) last September 5-20, 2015 in China.
The DENR Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service, in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), conducted a Project Completion Review Mission for the Integrated Coastal Resources Management Project (ICRMP) last September 29-30, 2015 in Davao Oriental.
The DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau has set off a pioneering initiative to assist local government units and DENR field offices and local stakeholders in crafting transboundary plans of at least two key biodiversity areas (KBAs) in eight demonstration sites under the Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP).
Forestland Management Project (FMP) executives tackled Project implementation status, issues and concerns in relation to its overall targets during its first Project Technical Committee (PTC) meeting held last 30 July 2015 at the Forest Management Bureau (FMB).
Quezon City, Philippines—Marine turtles are biodiversity heroes because they facilitate nutrient transfer from ocean to land and vice versa. They got a much-needed boost on the International Day for Biological Diversity through the launch of the Response Manual to Marine Turtle Incidents by the Support to the Implementation of the Tri-National Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Comprehensive Action Plan (SSME-CAP) project of the ...
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) represented by its Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, who is also the Global Environment Facility - Operational Focal Point (GEF-OFP) for the Philippines, shepherded the programming process of the country allocation under the 6th cycle of the Global Environment Facility (GEF 6) covering the period from July 2014 to June 2018.
A year after the successful run of the Selfie for Biodiversity contest of the Protected Area Management Enhancement (PAME) project of GIZ and the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB), the best new photos of Philippine biodiversity were again feted on this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity through the Selfie Take 2 for Biodiversity contest.
The provincial government of Southern Leyte conducted on June 29 its 2015 Environment Summit and Awarding of Most Environment-Friendly LGUs, simultaneous with the commemoration of the 55th (Emerald Green) provincial founding anniversary at the provincial capitol coliseum.
In the digital age, easy and open access to data is increasingly being taken for granted. But for the government and the public, the attainment of such access to vital information and resources on climate remains elusive.
An exciting component of the Sulu Sulawesi Seascape marine turtle research programme recently took place in the astounding Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park and World Heritage Site. The trip was organized by the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) and once again brought in the expertise of Dr. Nick Pilcher, from the Marine Research Foundation (MRF), based in Sabah, Malaysia.
Surveys conducted from 2013 to 2014 by the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PBCFI) and biology students from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology and University of St. La Salle - Bacolod have verified and evaluated the conservation status of hornbills in Negros Island. Under the DENR-BMB and GEF-UNDP’s Biodiversity Partnership Project
Members of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) convened last June 23 – 26, 2015 for the 7th East Asian Seas (EAS) Partnership Council Meeting to address the organization’s current key activities and accomplishments in the field of integrated coastal and ocean governance.
The Support to the Implementation of the Tri-National Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Comprehensive Action Plan (GIZ-SSME) Project together with its Philippine partners recently conducted a writeshop for the harmonization of the SSME project work plan.
Five agencies have agreed to collaborate to promote biodiversity conservation in the municipality of Balabac, Palawan. These include the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Deutsche Gesellschaft fȕr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Asian Development Bank Regional Technical Assistance 7813 (ADB-RETA), and the Center for Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD).
The Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), made significant headway in the first half of 2015.
To further bolster the capability of DENR staff to design and develop needs-responsive projects, the Project Preparation Division of Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Service headed by Ms. Cristina Regunay and in close coordination with the Human Resource Development Service of DENR spearheaded the Project Design and Development Training, whose trifurcate focus was to: a) understand the interrelated processes and terms/concepts used in....
Assessing the value of a natural asset is a complicated business. "Everything is connected to everything else" and "the whole is more than the sum of its parts." For instance, how does one put a price tag on a forest? He measures and assigns a value to one ecosystem service it provides while holding others constant, he runs the risk of under-assessing its true worth. Finding an equation to describe the pain of family members left behind by their breadwinners who perished in a landslide after a freak amount of rain was dumped on a denuded forestland is quite tricky.
The cloud symbol has been used for a long time to represent the internet in computer network diagrams. No wonder the term cloud computing is just a fancy metaphor for computing infrastructure and services dynamically shared through the internet to achieve coherence and economies of scale.
A training on the effective use of Enhanced Climate Smart Farmers Field School (ECS FFS) Program Manual designed for implementers and subject matter specialists went full throttle here as the Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP), which initiated it, sought to enhance provision of information on climate risk management to farmers.
The Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project's (PhilCCAP) Project Management Office (PMO) is exploring possible partnerships with other institutions with the aim of expanding the resources, technical know-how and other knowledge available to the project. A partnership will also give PhilCCAP the opportunity to tap its pool of knowledge resources to assist other efforts to support climate change adaptation.
With less than a year remaining before its scheduled culmination, the Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP) is pushing for an extension of 18 months, not only to secure the completion of its activities and achieve full utilization of the World Bank grant, but also to accommodate opportunities that come with an extended implementation period.
The conservation of biological diversity goes beyond national politics or ideological beliefs, according to an esteemed member of the Philippine Congress' upper chamber. With this declaration, a joint public hearing of various Senate committees on March 4, 2015 recognized the role played by indigenous peoples (IPs) in conserving biodiversity, a little over three months after various members of the House of Representatives also passed a similar bill at the committee level.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) conducted its 7th Annual Country Programme Review on 21-23 January 2015 at Bohol Plaza Resort and Restaurant, Dauis, Bohol. It was attended by the representatives from the three (3) ongoing IFAD loan funded projects (DA-CHARMP2, DA-RaFPEP, and DENR-INREMP); two (2) upcoming projects (DAR-CONVERGE and DA/BFAR-FishCORAL); and six (6) IFAD funded regional grants operating in the country (IRRI-CURE, CIP-FOODSTART, ICRAF-Climate SMART, MTCP2, ATIKHA, and HARP).
The Protected Area Management Enhancement (PAME) Project aims to enhance the management of 60 existing protected areas and to establish 100 new terrestrial or marine protected areas under different governance frameworks to contribute to the country's commitments under the Convention of Biological Diversity. The project funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) is being implemented by the ...
The Philippines Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), made significant strides in Philippine conservation efforts before ending the year 2014.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sealed cooperation through a Memorandum of Understanding with GIZ for the "Support to the Implementation of the Tri-National Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Comprehensive Action Plan (SSME-CAP) Project at Bulwagan Ninoy, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Compound in Quezon City last December 10, 2014.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) held the first-ever Biodiversity-Friendly Business and Investment Forum on February 11, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel Manila to engage the business sector in investing on enterprises that promote sustainable use of biodiversity resources in key biodiversity areas of the country.
Recognizing the need to facilitate mobility in rendering technical assistance to the implementing partners of the Forestland Management Project in Region 3, the DENR Central Office turned over motorcycles to the Regional Office on November 7, 2013 .
UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum welcomed last March 4, 2014 the ministers and international organizations' representatives participating in the 1st Global Conference on Partnership for Action on Green Economy (2014 PAGE Conference). With Deputy Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed wished the Dubai's guests pleasant times in the United Arab Emirates and a successful conference. #
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has established the EMS Manual based on ISO 14001:2015 - Environmental management systems-requirement with guidance for use - as a structured and systematic tool to deliver its mandate to protect the environment and natural resources of the Philippines.
This EMS Manual describes the principles, practices and procedures, which shall be developed and maintained by the Department to demonstrate its moral ascendancy to the Department's interested parties. This EMS Manual shall become the guiding principle to establish, implement, maintain and continually improve its performance in managing its environmental aspects and compliance obligations; controlling its risks of threats and opportunities; and satisfying the needs and expectations of interested parties.
Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in some of the country’s ASEAN Heritage Sites are now able to effectively protect forests and ancestral lands after being equipped with more knowledge and skills on environmental law enforcement and forest management. Various members of tribes, such as Council of Elders and tribal chieftains of the Bagobo-Tagabawa of Mount Apo Natural Park and the Talaandig, Higaonon and Bukidnon of Mount Kitanglad Range Natural Park have been trained....
GIZ’s Support to the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Comprehensive Action Plan (SSME-CAP) Project will co-convene the workshop “Coastal and Ocean Governance in the Seas of East Asia: From Nation to Region” with the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) and the Ocean Policy Research Institute, as part of the session on “A Decade of Partnerships in Sustainable Development of the Seas of East Asia: Synergies and Achievements” of the East Asian Seas Congress 2015 on November 16-20 in Danang, Viet Nam.
In response to the advocacy of Philippine government to use a government website template (GWT) “in order to give government websites a uniform corporate identity, ease visitor navigation, and enhance website security,” the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) has overhauled its website. The new look and feel can now be observed....
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