Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) Training in the Philippines

The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) was developed by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and World Resources Institute (WRI). ROAM combines situational analysis of degradation and deforestation with geospatial analysis and economic modelling within a framework that assessed the social, political and institutional readiness to implement landscape restoration.

To equip Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) practitioners consisting of government staff  and key partners form Carood Watershed Management Council (CWMC), and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Philippines and FAO-Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) with the knowledge and skills needed to implement and execute ROAM. The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) Training in the Philippines was conducted on 22-25 May 2018 at Sulo Riviera Hotel, Quezon City. It was actively participated in by men and women representatives from DENR-Forest Management Bureau (FMB), DENR-Regions 3, 7 and 11 partners from CWMC and FAO Philippines and FAO RAP. This event was graced by key Officials of DENR-Forest Management Bureau (FMB) and FAO.

The four-day training course offered an interactive learning programme on ROAM, covering some of the basic concepts, principles, steps and tolls needed such as stakeholder mapping, landscape restoration degradation and opportunity mapping, prioritization of restoration interventions, cost benefit analysis, ecosystem services assessments and decision support mechanisms.

The DENR-FMB, as the government focal point on FLR, took the lead in organizing the event with funding support from FAO. IUCN Staff from the Global forest and Climate Change Program and IUCN Asia Forest Landscape Restoration were tapped for the overall development of technical course content and materials as well its technical delivery during the training.

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