Twenty-eight technical staff members from the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) and DENR field offices in CAR and Regions 2, 3, 4B, 10, 12, and 13 recently attended the Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCA) Documentation Training at Mt. Imugan, Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya on August 13-18, 2018.
The training covered the theory and practice of boundary delineation, resource inventory, and documentation of indigenous knowledge, systems, and practices (IKSP). It also included discussions on the systems of resource governance of indigenous peoples (IPs) and how these systems lead to effective biodiversity conservation within their territories.
“In past meetings and activities, representatives of government agencies expressed that they wanted to be trained on ICCA documentation so they can provide adequate support to the indigenous peoples on ICCA when the project ends. The project fully supports this idea. We also believe that it is a good opportunity for the communities to strengthen their relationship with national agencies,” Mr. Samson Pedragosa, ICCA Project Manager, shared when asked about the rationale of the training.
In addition, the project has been planning to conduct a similar training for the national and regional staff of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) on October 1-6, 2018.
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/ Garie Rigor)