SGP5 holds Training of Trainers workshop for communities

Baler, Aurora - As part of its capacity-building activities, the GEF Small Grants Programme in the Philippines (SGP5) recently held a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop on Biodiversity-friendly Enterprises (BDFE), Community-based Biodiversity Monitoring and Evaluation Systems (CBMES), and Ecosystem Valuation (EV) from May 17 to 24, 2016 in Baler, Aurora.

Dr. Antonio C. Manila, Assistant Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau, and Atty. Rodolfo Ferdinand N. Quicho, Jr., Country Programme Manager of SGP5, welcomed the participants to the training. Atty. Quicho explained the importance of the TOT for building the capacity of communities to effect good governance in their respective landscapes/seascapes. He also emphasized how the TOT relates to SGP Outcome 2 (community-managed landscapes and seascapes explicitly integrate biodiversity conservation objectives), and Outcome 3 (targets that at least 30 community-based land use plans or ancestral domain plans incorporate biodiversity and ecosystem services valuations), and how the workshop will help mainstream valuation in local plans.

The eight-day training was participated in by over 100 representatives from SGP5 grantees from its priority landscapes and seascapes areas, namely Palawan, Samar and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, as well as from the Biodiversity Management Bureau. The ToT participants were identified by the site-based hubs themselves from among potential local trainers.

The individual workshops also incorporated field exposure for the future trainers. The participants from the workshop on BDFE proceeded to Nueva Vizcaya to observe small enterprises in the area. The participants for CBMES proceeded to Dinadiawan, Aurora to practice what they learned about marine and terrestrial ecosystem monitoring as well as socioeconomic governance. The participants on Ecosystem Valuation likewise tested the tools and methodologies discussed by learning-by-doing valuation on mangroves and seagrass, beach, water falls, and river ecosystems.

The participants, working by hub, drafted their training action plans and mainstreaming initiatives. These outputs are expected to feed the site-based training activities to be designed and conducted through the site-based hubs, namely: Palawan NGO Network, Inc. (PNNI) for Palawan; Center for Empowerment and Resource Development, Inc. (CERD) for Samar; Tanggol Kalikasan for Lower Sierra Madre; and Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) for Upper Sierra Madre. This strategy is also expected to enable SGP5 to train at least 4,000 individuals at the community-level (Outcome 4).

The workshops also served as venue for validation of the handbooks on Community-based Biodiversity Monitoring and Evaluation Systems (CBMES), Ecosystem Valuation, and Biodiversity-friendly Enterprises (BDFE).

The CPMU has lined up a number of training interventions pursuant to a consultative process it conducted with its partners in civil society organization (CSOs), national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs) and the academe in Clark Field, Pampanga in December 2015.

Participants to the BDFE training during their field visit to Vizcaya Fresh and VFI Organic Farmers at Brgy Pangawan, Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya.

Participants to the CBMES training in Dinadiawan, Aurora.

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