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Over the years, the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has completed projects all over the Philippines. The kinds of intervention introduced or the objectives being sought by these projects are designed specifically either for biodiversity, forestry, coastal and marine, and the like, or to address issues falling within the ambit of two or more of these sectors combined.

To capture the lessons learned, good practices, innovations, and success stories (LGIS) generated from the implementation of these completed projects, FASPS, with its Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PMED) leading the way, conducted a forum with the theme “Addressing Forest Degradation through Natural Resource Management: The Negros and Panay Islands Experience.”

This year’s LGIS forum was held in Malay, Aklan and focused on completed and ongoing projects in Western and Central Visayas Regions. These were the Forest and Climate Protection Project (ForClim), the Community-Based Forest and Mangrove Management Project (CBFMMP), and the ongoing Forestland Management Project (FMP).

Sharing of experiences and testimonies of the project stakeholders, notably the beneficiaries, local government units as partner-implementers, and funding agencies, and an open forum where the resource persons and participants, including those attending virtually, were able to hold a discussion about the topics presented, formed the main highlights of the three-day event.

“The DENR aspires to become a “learning organization” - skillful at generating, acquiring, and transferring knowledge and modifying its approach to reflect new knowledge. This forum is a reflection of that aspiration. We want to capture the valuable knowledge from our successes and failures in a project cycle, learn from them, and use them in future projects,” Atty. Jonas R. Leones, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs, said.

FASPS Director Al O. Orolfo also pointed out that the forum demonstrated FASPS commitment in engaging all stakeholders, implementers, and development partners to lay the groundwork for innovations, collaborations, and solutions.

In addition to those attending in-person, the event was also attended by hundreds of virtual participants through Facebook and Zoom. (FASPS/ Alliah Zain Delgado)


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