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With the renewed partnership between the DENR and Aboitiz Groups on the Expanded National Greening Program (ENGP) last month came another signing of agreement on the Battle for Manila Bay last August 16. The Memorandum of Agreement initiated by the Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) and Aboitiz Foundation aims to support the sustainable clean-up and rehabilitation of the San Juan River System. It is a three-year project that will be managed and directed by the said company.
With the adoption of the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System as a National Strategy for Forest and Biodiversity Protection in the country, the Forest Management Bureau through the Lawin Unit conducted its Midyear Assessment on August 6-9, 2019 at the B Hotel, Quezon City. The activity was participated by the Assistant Regional Directors for Technical Services, Regional Planning Officers, Regional Enforcement Division Chiefs and Regional Data Managers. It was also attended by FMB Assistant Director, Edna D. Nuestro, Forest Resources Conservation Division Chief, Ma. Teresa G. Aquino, Forest Policy Planning and Knowledge Management Division Chief, Isabelita V. Austria and representatives from the DENR-Central Office Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division.

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Global Objectives on Forest
On 20 January, 2017, during the UN Forum on Forests, 197 Member States reached agreement on the first UN Strategic Plan for Forests that provides an ambitious vision for global forests in 2030. This plan will significantly improve the outlook for the world’s forests, including a target that would expand the world’s forests by 120 million hectares - an area about the size of South Africa - by 2030.
“Agriculture, forestry and fisheries contribute massively to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals… Forests and sustainable management of forests are core aspects of SDG15 and its targets. |more|
UN Forest Instrument: A Framework For Implementing Sustainable Forest Management
As a framework for implementing sustainable forest management, the UN Forest Instrument includes a set of 25 National Policies and Measures, which are designed to bring the country closer to the goal of achieving sustainably managed forest ecosystems all over the archipelago. Although on voluntary basis, each member state of UNFF is responsible for the sustainable management of its forests and enforcement of its forest-related laws. Importantly, in addition to the Government’s forest service units, all relevant stakeholders including local government units (LGU), local and indigenous communities, and non-governmental, civil society, academe, and media organizations will be involved through transparent, participatory constructive engagements, dialogues, and consultations. |more|
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