July 8-9, 2021 – Following an insightful webinar series last December, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through its Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) conducted a two-day webinar on lessons learned, good practices, innovations, and success stories (LGIS) featuring the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP). This was held via Zoom with simultaneous livestreaming on the DENR Official Facebook Page.
With the theme, The INREMP Legacy: Reflecting on the Gains from Empowered Upland Communities, the webinar highlighted noteworthy experiences and achievements during the implementation of the project in its four priority river basins, namely the Wahig-Inabanga River Basin (WIRB) in Region VII (Bohol), Lake Lanao River Basin (LLRB) in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Bukidnon Upper River Basin (BURB) in Region X, and Chico Upper River Basin (CURB) in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
The first episode tackled women participation in conservation farming in WIRB, and livelihood enhancement fostering partnerships in conflict-affected areas and women empowerment in LLRB. The second episode focused on community-based forest protection and monitoring (CBPM) and community forest resource mapping in BURB, and agroforestry and the barangay participatory monitoring and evaluation teams (BPMET) in CURB.
The presentations consisted of mini-documentaries containing testimonials from project implementers. Participants from both Zoom and Facebook Live were able to engage with the project resource persons in a discussion through their comments and questions during the open forum.
The webinar recording can be viewed via the following links.
- Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZwfeXapaFE
- Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5h6Nw5rMxQ
INREMP 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.
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.
The project is set for completion in December 2021.