The Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) recently launched the first-of-its-kind bazaar featuring enterprises and livelihoods that could be considered as ‘biodiversity-friendly’. In partnership with EnPraxis and with support from Smart and Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP), the Biodiversity-Friendly Bazaar and Innovation Forum was formally opened at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City on October 15, 2016.
The bazaar provided exhibitors an avenue to demonstrate existing and start-up social enterprises that promote livelihood, equal opportunity, and resource conservation in various industry sectors including organic agriculture, food and handicrafts/non-timber forest products, manufacturing and even farm tourism. An innovation forum featuring some of the innovative enterprises and good practices on the ground was also conducted alongside the bazaar.
In her message, BMB Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim underlined the potential of tapping biodiversity resources for the benefit of communities that are dependent on biodiversity and at the same time making sure that their practices and methods do not harm biodiversity. She also expressed optimism that the event would be the start for enterprises and businesses to engage in or shift to more biodiversity-friendly enterprises.
Biodiversity-Friendly Enterprises (BDFEs) refer to economic activities and practices of micro, small and medium enterprises, local government units and people's organizations that promote sustainable use of biological resources; create wealth and value; and open opportunities for the equitable sharing of benefits among stakeholders.
Under the BPP initiative, pilot enterprises in the eight demonstrations sites across the country were identified and developed as BDFE models. The products of said piloting effort were also exhibited at the bazaar.
The bazaar resumed on November 5, 2016 and every Saturdays thereafter until the year-end with no entrance fee. #