The management board of the Kaliwa Watershed Forest Reserve (KWFR), one of the original program sites of USAID’s Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program, approved their enhanced 5-year protected area management plan. The plan highlights the increased direct participation of the Dumagat-Remontado Indigenous Peoples (IP) to manage the protected area which overlaps with their ancestral domain.
With more than 40 percent of its land area still forested, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has one of the highest forest cover rate in the country. Yet, its natural forest is continually threatened by illegal tree cutting. In 2016 the region adopted the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System, jointly developed and implemented by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which improved the region’s capacity to respond to threats to the natural forest.
Officers from the policy, planning and knowledge management and forest resources conservation divisions of the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) participated in a three-day training on Greenhouse Gas Integration Tools, which help estimate the land sector contributions to greenhouse gas emissions and removals.