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Proper tree and indicator species identification during Lawin patrols and other Forest Protection activities is essential in monitoring and responding to observed threats in the forest. On May 20-24 , 2019 in Butuan City and May 27-31, 2019 in Davao City, the Forest Management Bureau conducted a Refresher Course on Tree and Indicator Species Identification to improve the implementation of the Lawin System.

Complementation of goals and objectives between and among various government and non-government agencies across the country requires synchrony of their efforts and initiatives as geared towards achieving sustainability and progress. This can be enabled through building constant inter-agency communication and collaboration leading to more impactful and uplifting projects and programs.

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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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