The Philippine ICCA Project (Full title: Strengthening National Systems to Improve Governance and Management of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Conserved Areas and Territories Project) recently convened officials and staff of key government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) at the B Hotel in Quezon City on September 3-4, 2018 to discuss the initial results of studies conducted by its policy consultants.
The two-day activity was attended by officials and staff of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and NGOs such as the Philippine Association for Intercultural Development (PAFID) and Non-Timber Forest Products- Exchange Program (NTFP-EP).
Atty. Jing Corpuz, one of project’s policy consultants, presented her proposed draft policy on harmonization and putting into operation existing policies and regulatory frameworks between DENR and NCIP. The policy aims to recognize and promote Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) as an innovative type of governance for protected areas and conservation.
On the other hand, Dr. Padmapani Perez showed the results of her desk review, interview with government officials, and field work in Mt. Iglit-Baco in Mindoro provinces and in Kalatungan Mountain Range in Bukidnon. Dr. Perez will draft the guidelines on ICCAs Overlapping with Protected Areas.
The participants introduced amendments to the drafts during the activity’s workshops and plenary sessions.
Previously, a workshop between the DILG and Ms. Ma. Victoria Maglana, Comprehensive Land Use Policy (CLUP) consultant, was held on August 12, 2018 in Quezon City. Ms. Maglana will draft the guidelines on the dynamics of ICCAs and CLUP.
A National Stakeholders Consultation has been scheduled on October 17-19, 2018 in Quezon City where all these draft policies will be presented.
Implemented by the Biodiversity Management Bureau and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Philippine ICCA Project aims to strengthen the conservation, protection, and management of biodiversity sites in the Philippines by institutionalizing ICCAs as a sustainable addition to the national protected areas (PA) estate. (Philippine ICCA Project/ Garie Rigor)