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Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, please accept my sincere congratulations on your successful chairmanship of the ASEAN  throughout this year. You guided us with the timely motto of 'Turning Vision into Reality for Dynamic ASEAN community'.

You ably did your part in deepening integration to move us towards the realization of a rules-based people-oriented, people-centered ASEAN community.

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The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty that emphasizes the conservation and wise use of wetlands primarily as habitat for wildlife and as source of livelihood for many. Once an area has been named a Ramsar Site, the parties involved will abide by “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world.”

The convention will inaugurate Negros Occidental Coastal Wetlands Conservation Area (NOCWCA) as the 7th Ramsar Site of the Philippines on October 20, 2016.

The Biodiversity and Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) organized and hosted the 7th GBIF Asia Regional Node Meeting last June 28-30,  2016 in Tagaytay City, Philippines. Representatives from the GBIF Secretariat, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Node Managers from Chinese Taipei, Japan, India and Philippines attended the meeting. A participant from Vietnam as a prospective GBIF member country also attended the meeting as an observer.

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The participants of the 7th GBIF Asian Regional Node Meeting

The Biodiversity Information Fund for Asia (BIFA) is a program that provides supplementary support for existing activities within the GBIF network, addressing the needs of regional researchers and policymakers through mobilization and use of biodiversity data. In the Philippines, the fund promotes the interest of several projects in order to increase available biodiversity data that will assist the science-policy needs of the country. This is achieve thru regular data updating of the Philippine Clearing-House Mechanism (PhilCHM) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which serves as the Philippine Biodiversity Information Facility (PhilBIF).

A Trainer’s Training on Global Biodiversity Information Facility Integrated Publishing Toolkit (GBIF-IPT), in collaboration with the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB) and GBIF, was conducted on 20 – 24 June 2016 in Tagaytay City, Philippines. The IPT trainer’s training was participated in by the informatics personnel of Biodiversity Management Bureau of Department of Environment and Natural Resources and a team of biologists and IT personnel from twelve institutions from government agencies, academe and non-government organizations. It was facilitated by the Belgian GBIF Node Manager Mr. André Heughebaert and Mr. Nicolas Noé of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform. The program aims to strengthen the PhilBIF through enhancing the capacities of BIOWEB partners in the publishing of biodiversity information according to GBIF standards.

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Participants and Training Facilitators of the ToT on Global Biodiversity Information Facility Integrated Publishing Toolkit

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Tropical Ecosystems Managers in Action towards Conservation and Sustainable use of Coral Reefs and Other Related Ecosystems - The 5th International Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management Symposium (ITMEMS5) was successfully held last February 23-25, 2016 at Hennan Resort, Panglao Island in the Province of Bohol. The symposium was designed to achieve focus consideration of tropical marine ecosystem management issues in the local context, and provided a forum for experiential learning, peer group interaction, mentoring and professional development among coastal and marine managers and their partners.

ITMEMS5 was cohosted by The International Coral Reef Initiative and The Governments of Japan and Philippines through the Ministry of Environment, Department of Natural Resources -Biodiversity Management Bureau, Japan Wildlife Research Center and The International Coral Reef Initiative. See full report.