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). Four experts from the US Forest Service and the Mullion Group trained the participants on data analysis for Forest Resource Assessment, biomass estimation, and the measurement of carbon stock in forests through the use of the Full Lands Integration Tool (FLINT).

Held as part of the Bureau’s implementation of the Philippines’ NFMS, the training included a seminar, consultations with USFS on forest data analysis and the development of Philippine-specific forest cover maps, as well as a field visit to a mahogany plantation in Ramos, Tarlac for actual demonstration and application of methods used in biomass and carbon estimation. Having an effective and functioning NFMS is one of the requirements to receive results-based funding for activities to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), a climate change mitigation initiative led by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Trees act as natural pollution filters, alleviating global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the main causes of greenhouse effect. As the world's forest cover declines, the absorption of CO2 in the air slows down, and the carbon stored in the trees are released back into the atmosphere as CO2 once the wood burns or decays. DENR-FMB and USAID B+WISER aim to strengthen forest conservation to save the trees that help save the world from global warming and the adverse effects of climate change.