Participants learned about various integration tools and how they are implemented in Latin America, Africa and in the Asian region. Attendees include technical officers from the Forest Management Bureau as well as GIZ REDD+ program.
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.
The National Power Corporation (NPC) has started implementing the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System to enhance their forest protection efforts in nine of the eleven watersheds under its management. Since signing the partnership Memorandum of Understanding with USAID in November 2016, NPC embraces Lawin as a watershed management tool and funds its implementation through the Universal Charge, a fee collected from every paying electricity consumer.
During a stakeholder’s meeting on Bago City’s Environmental Protection Fee (EPF), USAID’s Deputy Chief of the Environment Office, Dani Newcomb, thanked the local government unit for leading forest protection in their area and being an active partner in developing an innovative conservation financing model. “The Bago model is a unique achievement that tackles the problem of sustainability in conservation financing and at the same time engages the community in forest protection,” Newcomb said.
USAID’s Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), has successfully trained around 60 foresters and patrollers from the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) to apply the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System to protect natural forests within and adjacent to the company’s areas of operation.