B+WISER Receives Digital Development Award during USAID’s Global Innovation Week

On September 28, USAID/Philippines' Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Project was awarded one of the five Digital Development Awards (The Digis) during USAID's Global Innovation Week celebration in Washington D.C.

The Digis recognizes projects that embrace cutting-edge technologies and novel approaches that accelerate development impact. The award was in recognition of the work done by USAID/B+WISER in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to develop and implement the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System in the Philippines.

Lawin revolutionizes how the Philippines prevents forest destruction and enables DENR to devise conservation targets. It combines mobile data collection and geospatial analysis to improve decision-making at local and national levels and inform actions to address threats to the forests. Now, more than three million hectares in all 17 regions are under improved management. The award to USAID/B+WISER recognizes this data-driven, scalable approach to forest and biodiversity conservation. According to the organizers the five winners were selected from more than 100 submissions from all over the world.

“The digital revolution is changing how the global development community addresses major challenges, from financial inclusion to natural resource management,” said Susana Mudge, CEO of Chemonics, during the Ceremony.


Photo caption: Representatives from the five winner projects received USAID’s Digital Development Awards (the Digis) during the award ceremony on September 28, 2017 in Washington DC. David Fratt, Chemonics Director for the Asia Region, represented the B+WISER Program.



Photo caption: Digital Development Award trophy received by the B+WISER Project during USAID’s Global Innovation Week in Washington, DC on September 28, 2017.