Capacity Building on Ecosystem Services Modeling and Valuation

     On May 2-4, 2018, The Forest Management Bureau conducted a Capacity Building on Ecosystem Services (ES) Modeling and Valuation at the Widus Hotel and Casino in Clark, Pampanga.

      The three-day training aimed to equip the participants and provide a clear understanding and appreciation of the basic concepts of ecosystem-based approaches which could be useful in their respective offices and/or areas of specialization. The event was facilitated by the Program on Forests (PROFOR) Project Secretariat.

     On the first day of training, the morning sessions focused on the overview of the PROFOR Projects and introduction of Ecosystem Services Modeling. The introduction and processes of the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) software was discussed and demonstrated in the afternoon. The second day focused on hands-on sessions on SWAT results post-processing and interpretation, and a breakout session was done in the afternoon to brainstorm on the possible applications of ES modeling and valuation in the functions of the different divisions of the Bureau and areas of expertise of the participants. The last day of the training was allotted for the review of basic economic principles, approaches to ES valuation, and valuation of SWAT results. Finally, the participants presented the outputs of their breakout sessions and the potential uses of ES modeling and valuation were discussed.

     The training was attended by representatives from all divisions of the Bureau including the projects (INREMP and FMP).
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