The Forest Management Bureau (FMB), in collaboration with Greenpact Trading and Consultancy Services (GTCS), through the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is currently conducting the Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on the Refinement of the Manuals and Templates for the Operationalization of the Department Administrative Order No. 2021-43 on Carbon Accounting, Verification and Certification System (CAVCS) for Forest Carbon Projects.
Under Section 9. Development of Manuals, the Order allows the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) to develop CAVCS operations manuals to guide DENR field offices and other stakeholders. Several CAVCS manuals and templates have been drafted back in 2018 as part of the B-LEADERS program to the DENR-FMB. These manuals and templates were simplified in 2019 under the Protect Wildlife Program to help encourage private sector engagement. Given the emerging developments in the carbon market and increased interest of foreign and local proponents to develop carbon projects in the Philippines, the draft CAVCS manuals and templates need to be refined to cater to state-of-the-art market standards while ensuring that it can be operationalized under local conditions and limitations.
The overall goal of the Consultation Workshop is to consult key stakeholders to discuss their experiences, perceptions, and/or expectations on the operationalization of DAO 2021-43 on CAVCS. As one of the main activities for the project, the key objectives of the stakeholder consultation workshop are to (a) Document the experience of the various stakeholders on the implementation of DAO 2021-43; (b) Identify the gaps, issues, and concerns on the implementation of CAVCS; and (c) Gather feedback on the operationalization and streamlining of the CAVCS.
Representatives from the different National Government Agencies (NGAs), Local Government Units (LGUs), different bureaus and offices under the DENR, civil society organizations, academe, research institutions, and the private sector are joining the consultation workshop.