To equip forest and landscape restoration (FLR) practitioners in the Philippines with knowledge and skills in implementing Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), a training was conducted in Quezon City on May 22-25, 2018. The four-day training course provided an interactive learning programme on ROAM, covering some of the basic concepts, principles, steps and tools needed. Specifically, these included stakeholder mapping; landscape restoration, degradation, and opportunity mapping; prioritization of restoration interventions; cost- benefit analysis; ecosystem services assessments; and decision support mechanisms.
Participating in the training were staff of the Forest Management Bureau (FMB); regional offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Regions 3, 7, 11, and Cordillera Administrative Region; Carood Watershed Management Council (CWMC); and satellite offices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in the Philippines (FAO-Philippines) and Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP).
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) developed ROAM by combining situational analysis of degradation and deforestation with geospatial analysis and economic modelling within a framework that assesses the social, political and institutional readiness to implement landscape restoration.
The FMB, the government’s focal point on FLR, took the lead in organizing the event while FAO provided funding support. The Global Forest and Climate Change Program and the Asia Forest Landscape Restoration, both of IUCN, were tapped for the overall development of technical course contents and materials as well as the course delivery during the training. (FLR/ Emma N. Castillo)