Baler, Aurora – As part of its capacity-building activities, the GEF Small Grants Programme in the Philippines (SGP5) recently held a Training of Trainers (ToT) on Biodiversity-friendly Enterprises (BDFE), Community-based Biodiversity Monitoring and Evaluation Systems (CBMES), and Ecosystem Valuation (EV) from May 17 to 24, 2016 in Baler, Aurora.

Dr. Antonio Manila, Assistant Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau, and Atty. Rodolfo Ferdinand Quicho, Jr., Country Programme Manager of SGP5, welcomed the participants to the training.

Atty. Quicho explained the importance of the ToT for building the capacity of communities to effect good governance in their respective landscapes or seascapes. He emphasized how the ToT would relate to SGP Outcome 2 (Community-managed landscapes and seascapes explicitly integrate biodiversity conservation objectives), and Outcome 3 (At least 30 community-based land use plans or ancestral domain plans incorporate biodiversity and ecosystem services valuations), and how the workshop would help mainstream valuation in local plans.

The eight-day training was participated in by over 100 representatives from SGP5 grantees from each of the priority landscapes and seascapes areas, namely Palawan, Samar and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, as well as from the Biodiversity Management Bureau. The ToT participants were identified by the site-based hubs themselves from among potential local trainers.

sgp5 tot bdfe 600pxBDFE group visited Vizcaya Fresh and VFI Organic Farmers at Brgy Pangawan, Kayapa, Nueva VizcayaThe workshops incorporated field exposure for the future trainers. Those under the BDFE track proceeded to Nueva Vizcaya to observe how small enterprises were run while the CBMES group went to Dinadiawan, Aurora to have a hands-on experience on marine and terrestrial ecosystem monitoring and socioeconomic governance. The participants in the Ecosystem Valuation workshop likewise tested the tools and methodologies they learned by doing valuation exercise on mangroves and seagrass, beach, waterfalls, and river ecosystems.

The participants, working by hub, drafted their training action plans and mainstreaming initiatives. These outputs were expected to set in motion the site-based training activities to be designed and conducted through the site-based hubs, namely: Palawan NGO Network, Inc. (PNNI) for Palawan; Center for Empowerment and Resource Development, Inc. (CERD) for Samar; Tanggol Kalikasan for Lower Sierra Madre; and Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) for Upper Sierra Madre. This strategy was expected to enable SGP5 to train at least 4,000 individuals at the community-level (Outcome 4). Moreover, the workshops served as an avenue for validation of the handbooks on Community-based Biodiversity Monitoring and Evaluation Systems (CBMES), Ecosystem Valuation, and Biodiversity-friendly Enterprises (BDFE).

The Central Project Management Unit has lined up a number of training interventions pursuant to a consultative process it conducted with its partners in civil society organization (CSOs), national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs) and the academe in Clark Field, Pampanga in December 2015. #


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