MHRWS-PAMB signs Memorandum of Agreement with environmental partners
The Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary Protected Area Management Board (MWRS-PAMB) has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with Davao Oriental State University (DORSU) and Green Solution Agricultural Farming Training Center (GSAFTC) to further refine the conservation efforts for Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary.
Said MOAs were simultaneously signed on September 6, 2022 between MHRWS-PAMB represented by RED Bagani Fidel Evasco and the DORSU represented by President Dr. Roy G. Ponce while Manager James M. Olivar inked the agreement on behalf of GSAFTC.
MHRWS-PAMB endeavours to collaborate with local research institutions/organizations in the development of scientific, technical and institutional capacities to the protected area management and the local communities and to effectively communicate the basic understanding of conserving and protecting the mountains resources.
As a PAMB member, DORSU commits for the continued conservation of the protected area to preserve the integrity being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ASEAN Heritage Park through its research studies, including the effect or impacts of climate change on species and habitats, vulnerability and disaster risk reduction, evaluation of ecosystem services, spatial distribution of priority species, and biodiversity-friendly farming or agricultural practices.
DORSU will likewise assist in formulating the research agenda of MHRWS and consider the same in the preparation of research proposals.
On the other hand, the agreement with GSAFTC was designed in support to the promotion of Biodiversity-Friendly Agricultural Practices and Biodiversity-Friendly Agricultural Enterprise. It also covers the handling of capacity building of project stakeholders, partners, and trainees of the Center who shall be exposed to the programs of MHRWS.
Among the programs being implemented in MHRWS include the Biodiversity-Friendly Agricultural Practices (BDFAPs) and Biodiversity-Friendly Enterprise (BDFE) which aimed at promoting sustainable community-based livelihoods with minimal or no adverse negative impact to the ecological integrity of the protected area.
RED Evasco expressed his appreciation to DORSU and GSAFTC with the hope that such partnerships will help keep MHRWS’ diverse mountain ecosystem, exceptional degree of wilderness and outstanding universal value.