U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission experiences Lawin in action in Aklan

A patroller shows DCM Michael S. Klecheski the use of Cybertracker, the mobile app used to record observations and actions taken during a Lawin patrol.  (Photo credit:  USAID/B+WISER)

On May 21st, U.S. Embassy Manila's Deputy Chief of Mission, Michael S. Klecheski, visited Bakhawan Eco-park in Kalibo, Aklan to observe how the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System (Lawin) developed by USAID's Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) helps protect the 220-hectare mangrove forest. Read more: U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission experiences Lawin in action in Aklan

FMB strengthens national forest monitoring system implementation with training from USFS

A participant from DENR Forest Management Bureau measures tree stems and the average area they occupy.  This is an essential part of biomass and carbon estimation. (Photo credit: USAID/B+WISER)

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Forest Management Bureau (DENR-FMB), supported by USAID/s Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) project, conducted a week-long capacity building training for its technical working group involved in the monitoring, reporting, and verification component of the National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS). Read more: FMB strengthens national forest monitoring system implementation with training from USFS