forclim2 signing iaGerman Ambassador to the Philippines Thomas Ossowski (center) witnessed the signing of IA of ForClim II between Secretary Paje (right) and Dr. Bernd-Markus Liss (left)Following the issuance of Note Verbale between the Government of the Philippines and the Federal Republic of Germany on October 26, 2015 for the implementation of Forest and Climate Protection in Panay Phase II (ForClim II), DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje and Country Director Andreas Kalk of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) inked the Implementation Agreement (IA) of the project on March 17, 2016. Dr. Bernd-Markus Liss, GIZ Principal Advisor on Green Sector Projects, signed the document on behalf of Director Kalk.

The signing was witnessed by German Ambassador Thomas Ossowski, Undersecretary Jonas Leones, Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita Lim, DENR Region VI Director Jim Sampulna, FASPS Director Edwin Domingo, Head Executive Assistant William Ragos, Forester Wilfredo Canto, Dr. Klaus Schmitt, representatives from the media and other offices of the DENR.

Secretary Paje expressed his appreciation of the continuing assistance provided by the German Government in the country’s forest conservation efforts and now, through ForClim II, in the protection of significant biodiversity of Panay Mountain Ranges (PMR) as well as the natural resources in the adjacent areas.

forclim2 signing ia handshakeAmbassador Ossowski, on the other hand, pointed out that the Philippines has become a strategic partner of Germany in biodiversity protection and climate change efforts. ForClim II is only one of the cooperation between the Government of the Philippines and Germany under the International Climate Initiative, with reference to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Target 11.

ForClim II is a four-year project implemented jointly by the DENR and GIZ in the four provinces of Region VI (i.e., Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan and Antique), with a total grant funds of EUR 4.0 million.

The Project has five major components, which are as follows: a) establishment and integration of Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP)  to Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), b) provision of security and land tenure to project beneficiaries, c) expansion of adapted agroforestry and large scale forest rehabilitation within the buffer zone and natural forests, d) use of biomass potential from rice residues and plantation wood as source of renewable energy, and e) exchange of knowledge and information relevant to biodiversity conservation. It will support selected Peoples Organizations (POs) in 20 partner local government units (LGUs) within and adjacent to the Panay Mountain Ranges. #


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