The Philippine Sustainable Development Network Foundation, Inc.
took part in the celebration of the International Day for
Biological Diversity. In partnership with the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau
(PAWB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources,
the Forum on Biodiversity and Climate Change was held
at the National Institute for Geological Science of the
University of the Philippines - Diliman as one of the events in
the week-long celebration. The forum aimed to be the initial
step to bringing biodiversity and climate change issues to the
political agenda at the national level.
It was resolved in the
forum that the discussions on biodiversity and climate change be
continued at the PSDN's
Philippines' Virtual Plenary (PVPNet) so that comments and inputs on the
matter can be gathered further; and a forum/workshop may be later
convened to explore the possibility of coming up with a National
Action Plan or guideline in integrating biodiversity considerations
into climate change mitigation/adaptation activities.
The Philipine Sustainable Development Network Foundation, Inc.
was commissioned by
the Protected Aread and Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources to prepare the second Philippine National Report to the
Convention on Biological Diversity.
One of the activities undertaken was the holding of a series of consultation workshops in
March 2002 with the Philippine Council fo Sustainable Development Sub-Committee on
Biodiversity, and with the representatives from various agencies, organizations and
institutions in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The Second Philippine National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity was
submitted to the CBD Secretariat on 15 April 2002.
This activity is one of the major components of the Add-On Enabling Activity on
Biodiversity of the United Nations Development Programme.
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The forum, which was held at Fermalino Hall of UP-SURP, was a
follow-up activity to the Forum on Biodiversity and Climate Change
held on 23 May 2007. It aimed to: a) explore current
approaches and tools for integrating biodiversity, climate change,
and land degradation concerns in planning and decision-making
processes, and b) recommend guidelines for integrating these
concerns into planning and decision-making.
The Forum was held in
cooperation with the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of
the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the
School of Urban and Regional Planning of the University of
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The Philippine Sustainable Development Network Foundation, Inc. conducted a
Planning Workshop for the Development of a Philippine Biodiversity Information
Network (PBIN) for the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau
(PAWB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the ASEAN
Regional Center for Biodiversity Conservation (ARCBC).
This was an initial effort
towards bringing together stakeholders to share and exchange information that would
support decision-making to conserve biodiversity. This activity was also held in
compliance with one of the recommendations of the workshop on "Standardization of
Biodiversity Reporting and Information Sharing" participated in by ASEAN
countries in Cisarua, Bogor, Indonesia on 27-28 June 2000.
The two-day workshop at
the Ninoy Aquino Nature Center had the following objectives:
a) to draft a biodiversity information sharing framework among
stakeholders with details on procedures, protocols, ownership, access, regulatory
measures, and organizational roles and responsibilities;
b) to draft an Agreement among
stakeholders to support the adoption and operationalization of a Biodiversity Information
c) to draft a 5-year plan on the establishment and operation of a PBIN.
In May 2000, the PSDN, in partnership with the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau
of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR), pilot tested
the prototype database on Philippine biodiversity in selected regional offices of the
DENR. The pilot testing involved the installation of the prototype database in the
computers of the regional offices and training of users regarding its operation with the
aim of obtaining inputs for its refinement and further development.
is composed of data sets on species, protected areas, indigenous peoples, legislation,
centers of plant diversity, defined relationships, forms and reports, and an opening
database window among others.
database is now running on-line as part of the Clearing House Mechanism for
Biodiversity and the National Biodiversity Reference Unit (NBRU).
||Mr. Eldrid Madamba,
Project Information Specialist, showing the rudiments of the database to the Planning
Staff of DENR Region V in Legazpi City
||DENR Region V Planning personnel, who
participated in the database operation training, pose with Ms. Amy Lecciones, PSDN
Executive Director and Mr. Eldrid Madamba, Project Information Specialist