USAID celebrates International Day of Forests 2018

Over 200 participants from city governments, DENR field offices and other government agencies, NGOs, and universities attended DENR-FMB's symposium on forests and sustainable cities. (Photo credit: USAID/B+WISER)

On March 21st, USAID through its Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program joined this year’s global celebration of the International Day of Forests (IDF) with the theme: “Forests and Sustainable Cities.” The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Forest Management Bureau and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations held a symposium on sustainable architecture, forest trees and opportunities for public open spaces in Philippine cities. As part of the celebration, USAID/B+WISER put-up a 20-piece photo gallery on the various elements of the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System. On March 20th, in Bulusan, Sorsogon, USAID/B+WISER trained over 50 forest patrol officers, volunteers, eco guides, and DENR staff on the Lawin system. These new Lawin patrollers were presented at the IDF 2018 event on March 21 held at the Bulusan Volcano Natural Park. The event also included the launch of DENR’s Kids-to-Forest (K2F) program in Sorsogon, DENR's campaign for forest protection awareness and participation among students.

Students in Sorsogon joined the launch of DENR's Kids-to-Forest program, which promotes the value of forests to the youth through child-friendly and interactive learning methods.
(Photo credit: USAID/B+WISER)