DENR, USAID Conduct Lawin Data Management Conference

8-29 lawin dmc grand regalTo strengthen its efforts in forest protection and biodiversity monitoring, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) together with the United States Agency International Development (USAID) are currently conducting a 3-day LAWIN Data Management Conference at Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City participated in by DENR’s LAWIN data managers from Visayas and Mindanao clusters.


DENR Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said in her message the need to capacitate the data managers to maximize the potential of the data management system as an aid in the never-ending quest to protect the environment.

“We must endeavor to come up with a topnotch data derived from LAWIN to address and minimize threats to our environment and to provide better data-driven decision-making. Be smart enough in our analysis, understanding, and interpretation of results,” she said. 

8-29 lawin dmc grand regal 1The LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System integrated a science-based assessment, user-friendly and the use of innovative technology on the monitoring the status of the forest. Assist the environmental monitoring especially in the forest and biodiversity of highly conservation value areas. It allows the communities and environment authority to alleviate the status of the natural forest and also to properly manage the ecosystem against degradation and deforestation.

DENR through its Forest Management Bureau (FMB) in partnership with the USAID through the Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program launched the LAWIN System last 2016 in Ilagan, Isabela.

8-29 lawin dmc grand regal 11Some of the topics that will be discussed during conference are the responsibilities and required skills for LAWIN data managers, data quality operations and implementation of the LAWIN System in protected areas. Updates on LAWIN implementation will also be discussed.

Present during the conference are: Assistant Secretary for Field Operation-Visayas and concurrent Undersecretary for Field Operations Marcial C. Amaro, Jr.; Assistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus Ricardo L. Calderon; Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Luzon Joselin Marcus E. Fragada; Forest Management Bureau Director Nonito M. Tamayo; Director Adeluisa G. Siapno who represented Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Mindanao Atty. Michelle Angelica D. Go and B+WISER Biodiversity and Forestry Specialist Felix Gaschick.


SMARTSeas Partners’ Forum Held

10-9 smartseas phTo provide a venue to exchange experiences, innovative ideas and community-based initiatives to enhance effectiveness of the marine protected areas (MPAs), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines and Global Environment Facility (GEF) are currently conducting a three-day SMARTSeas PH Project Partner’s Forum at the Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases, Davao City.

SMARTSeas PH Project is a five-year project that aims to strengthen the conservation, protection and management of key marine biodiversity areas in the Philippines. It also includes the establishment of biodiversity-friendly enterprise as sustainable livelihood to coastal communities.

Anchored on the theme “People and the Sea”, the forum which will run from October 9-11, 2018, is participated in by the MPA managers and practitioners from SMARTSeas project sites, partners from the local and national government agencies, civil society organizations, academic, research institutions, and private sector working on the protection and conservation of the coastal and marine environment. Read more...

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