BIMP-EAGA Environment Cluster to Discuss Priority Projects

65 - bimp-eagaDelegates from the Environment Cluster of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) converge in Davao City today until tomorrow (October 30, 2013) to discuss and finalize its priority project which is the Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Management Project.

The said meeting is currently at Park Inn Hotel.

This 2nd BIMP-EAGA Environment Cluster meeting for this year will be hosted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) in coordination with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa).  Further, the meeting also aims to discuss other project proposals which were presented and deliberated during the 1st Environmental Cluster meeting held in Manado, Indonesia last August 29-30, 2013.

Among the projects proposed during the maiden meeting in Indonesia, the Environment Cluster include: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Environmental Services toward Green Development and Wildlife Enforcement Network, among others.

BIMP-EAGA is composed of the whole area of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia (all provinces of Sulawesi and Kalimantan, Maluku and Irian Jaya), Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan), and the Philippines (Mindanao and Palawan regions).  It is a unique Asian strategy that aims to increase trade, tourism and investments among the four regions.  It was organized and created in March 1994 in Davao City, Philippines during the Inaugural Meeting of the Senior Officials and Ministers (SOMM).

To further strengthen the BIMP-EAGA, new adjustments were made in its institutional structure.  At present, BIMP-EAGA has seven (7) Clusters one of which is the Environment Cluster with Indonesia as its lead country.  The lead agency for the Philippine-EAGA Environment Cluster is the DENR.

BIMP-EAGA is currently adopting the Implementation Blueprint (IB) 2012-2016 focused on the four major strategic pillars under the growth areas, namely: Food Basket, Connectivity, Ecotourism and Environment.  The IB aims to accelerate cooperation initiatives within the sub-region through increased project delivery and strengthened institutional mechanisms. (DENR-XI PR)

 

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Meet “Barry”, The Rare Fish in Mabini

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) never ceases to purport strategic ways to campaign in the conservation of the country’s environment and natural resources particularly on its protected areas. Communication, education and public awareness (CEPA) has been wrapped in varied instruments to connect to people and effectively deliver the message on the importance of conserving nature and its biodiversity.

Mascot is one of those tools. Thus, the creation of “Barry”.

“Barry” the barramundi cod/ humpback grouper (Cromileptes altivelis) mascot was designed to educate the people particularly in the spanning community of Mabini, Compostella Valley Province about the abundance of this rare species within the Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape (MPLS).

The humpback grouper is a pale-greenish brown, black-spotted fish tagged as naturally rare and high priced both in the international and local market- ranging from P 2,000- P3,000 per kilo.

This species, which is now the flagship species of MPLS, shelters in inner-shelf reefs found underneath the Mabini waters. Although, its global distribution and population has been recorded as decreasing according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), their abundance has recently been recorded in the said protected area, which also reflects its “good condition” coral cover.

Through Barry, the DENR aims to open the eyes of the public on the presence of this rare and vulnerable species and the importance of conserving their home – the Mabini waters. Barry will be made visible during conducts of information drive to encourage the community to value the coastal and marine ecosystem and warn them about the consequences that entails illegal activities such as overfishing.

The caricature was launched in June 2019 at the DENR Marine Center, Sitio Mampising, Brgy. Tagnanan, Mabini, ComVal.

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