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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Hands-On-ARMS outreach activity held

To raise awareness and highlight the importance of coastal and marine resources to the local communities, especially to the youth, Department of Environment and Natural Resources -XI through its Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS) and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Compostela Valley recently conducted the Hands-On-ARMS outreach activity at Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape (MPLS), Compostela Valley.

This interactive activity was participated by selected Grade 6 students from Don William Gemperle Elementary School in Mabini. The participants were given an opportunity to learn and observe the marine cryptobiota using a simple hand lens or magnifying glass and forceps. They also sorted and classified these small animals into their respective groups.

Despite their small size, marine cryptobiota provides various ecological good and services and serves as primary building blocks of the coral reef. Marine cryptobiota includes shrimps, crabs, hermit crabs, brittle stars, sponges, and tunicates, among others.

As part of DENR's Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP), the Department monitors cryptobiota with the use of Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS), a long-term collecting device that mimics the coral reef and attract these animals. The data will be collected to study on their biodiversity and the effects of climate change on reefs.

 

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