San Mateo, Rizal – The Forestland Management Project (FMP) assembled its staff from various Field Implementing Units (FIUs) on March 2-3, 2020 to participate in a “Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Training Course on Sustainable Management of Forests and Related Resources: Current Trends and Best Practices.”
The two-day training was conducted by the Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability (TREES) of the University of the Philippines in Los Banos (UPLB) and was aimed at updating and enhancing the knowledge of the participants in the field of forestry, ecosystems, and natural resources management.
The topics discussed in the training ranged from the principles and practices of sustainable forest management (SFM) in the Philippines and forest and landscape restoration (FLR) approaches to the role of ecotourism in achieving sustainability and the importance of collaborative forest management through participatory climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction planning.
FMP recognizes the importance of the training course as there is a renewed thrust for reinvigorated sustainable forest management (SFM) in the Philippines amidst increasing global concerns about the impacts of climate change. Its effective implementation necessitates that forestry and natural resources management professionals be knowledgeable about the new technologies and approaches to SFM. As the project is winding up with its remaining two years of implementation, such learning must also be passed on to beneficiary people’s organizations and other project stakeholders who will become front liners eventually on their own in the management of natural resources placed under their stewardship. (FMP/ Abigael Saldana and Ayesha Abawag)