The Protected Area Management Enhancement (PAME) Project aims to enhance the management of 60 existing protected areas and to establish 100 new terrestrial or marine protected areas under different governance frameworks to contribute to the country's commitments under the Convention of Biological Diversity. The project funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with the Philippine Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DENR). Integral building blocks of the PAME project include capacity development of the DENR and other local partners, comprehensive spatial planning of the protected areas and their buffer zones, promotion of equity and benefit sharing of ecosystem goods and services, and awareness raising on the value of biodiversity.
In the framework of the cooperation between PAME and the global ValuES Project (methods for integrating ecosystem services into policy, planning and practice), the PAME Project recently hosted two events to promote the integration of ecosystem services in protected area management, and to harmonise sustainable management of natural resources with other land use options.
On February 9-13 2015, a training course on "Integrating Ecosystem Services (IES) into Development Planning" was conducted in Nawawalang Paraiso Resort and Hotel, Tayabas, Quezon Province. For this training, PAME directly supported 35 representatives of selected PAME-supported protected areas across all 17 regions of the Philippines. The ValuES team, with the support of two international valuation experts as resource persons, guided the participants through an interactive case study for IES. With the aid of various assignments, the participants could immediately practice their newly acquired knowledge on valuation techniques and communication strategies. Part of this was also a field trip to Mt. Banahaw (within the Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape) to conduct a rough assessment of various ecosystem services. Through a final planning session, the participants could directly transfer the IES approach to their individual sites under PAME to integrate ecosystem services into their work for biodiversity conservation.
On February 16-18, the ValuES Regional Meeting for Asia and Africa was held in BE Resorts, Mactan Island, Cebu. In this meeting, GIZ and partners from nine countries ranging from the Ivory Coast to Fiji, exchanged their experiences in the field of ecosystem service assessments and mainstreaming. In addition, a rapid assessment tool for selected ecosystem goods and services was introduced to the participants and ValuES products such as an inventory of methods was presented to the group. With the aid of a Peer-to-Peer coaching session, each project received constructive advice from fellow practitioners on how to overcome the challenge they are facing in mainstreaming ecosystem service valuation in their projects and countries. By identifying further support areas for the ValuES project, the ValuES Project will continue to support the implementation of the PAME project and other initiatives in the region. #