The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through its Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service is set to conduct a webinar on lessons learned, good practices, innovations, and success stories featuring the gains from empowered upland communities through the implementation of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) on July 8-9, 2021.
The project addresses unsustainable watershed management in four priority river basins by reducing and reversing degradation of watersheds and associated environmental services caused by forest denudation and unsustainable farming practices. These priority river basins consist of Chico River Basin in Cordillera Administrative Region, Wahig-Inabanga River Basin in Bohol, Upper Bukidnon River Basin, and Lake Lanao River Basin.
The project also provides incentives to local communities, local government units (LGUs), and the DENR for improving natural resource management by generating sufficient and tangible economic benefits through such mechanisms as (i) payments for environmental services (PES) including water regulation, soil conservation, carbon offsets, and biodiversity; (ii) income generation from sustainable use and management and value-added processing of timber and non-timber forest products; (iii) improved natural resource productivity; and (iv) improved climate resilience in project watersheds.
One of the highlights of the activity will be the testimonials of project implementing partners and beneficiaries who, over the past eight years, saw it all while carrying out the objectives of the project on the ground.
Adding to the growing body of knowledge of good practices and innovations in natural resources management, the webinar will showcase some results of replication of strategies or approaches that were used in similar endeavors in different contexts or with different objectives, but this time engineered or modified for the ultimate goal of conserving, protecting, and developing natural resources. These include conservation farming, community-based forest protection and monitoring, and barangay participatory monitoring and evaluation, to name a few.
Participation in the webinar is free. Links to the registration forms are given below.