Official Logo ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes

JAKARTA, 27 March 2017 - What is biodiversity? Ask people what they think it means, and chances are only a few can accurately define it. Fewer still can explain its significance to human survival. The immense communication gap between the biodiversity conservation community and the general public is a major factor hampering efforts to achieve biodiversity conservation goals in the ASEAN region and elsewhere in the world.

To help bridge this gap, ASEAN will recognize 10 ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes during the 50th anniversary of ASEAN on 8 August 2017. The awards ceremony will be held in Manila, Philippines. The ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes is designed to recognize outstanding individuals from the ASEAN Member States who have contributed significantly to biodiversity conservation and advocacy efforts in their respective countries and the region.

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CMS COP 12 Logo Launch            

Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita Lim explained the meaning behind the symbols and colors depicted in the CMS COP 12 logo during the launch of the logo for the 12th COP meeting of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 12), held at the Philippine Senate on Tuesday (February 28). 

The unveiling of the logo was lead by climate change committee chair Senator Loren Legarda, environment and natural resources committee chair Senator Cynthia Villar, and CMS Secretariat Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Lambertus Lenten.

2nd Namunit Festival Biodiversity Conservation Seminar
25-26 February 2017
Sta. Teresita, Cagayan

bcseminar1The Biodiversity Conservation Seminar participants pose for a souvenir photo with the DENR-BMB staff

The DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau participated in the 2nd Namunit Festival at Sta. Teresita, Cagayan. The theme of this year’s festival, “Bakong sa Lawa, Hatid ay Biyaya, Hiblang Pangkabuhayan, Ginhawa ng Pamayanan,” aimed to promote and strengthen the Bakong, as one of the the town’s source of livelihood. Bakong is an endemic type of hyacinth plant found in Lake Bangalao Sta. Teresita, Cagayan. The plant’s fiber is used in making handicrafts and woven fabric. Apart from the Bakong industry, the town also takes pride of the ecotourism potential of the numerous caves and cone karst formations that are similar to the Chocolate Hills found in Bohol.

Representatives from Bureau of Customs and Biodiversity Management Bureau with the Rhinoceros horns.

The horns were intercepted by the BOC in September 2012 at the Manila International Container Port in South Harbor, Manila. The shipment was declared as cashew nuts by the shipper, the Chistevas Import and Export, Maputo City, Mozambique.

The Rhinoceros population is listed under Appendix I of the CITES, which means that international trade of the species, including its parts and by-products is strictly prohibited.



DENR Secretary Gina Lopez together with Senator Loren Legarda hosted a dinner reception for the GCF Secretariat headed by its Executive Director, Ambassador Howard Bamsey. Sec. Lopez welcomed the GCF Secretariat to the Philippines and thanked them for including the country in their itinerary. She further urged the GCF officials to visit more of the country's protected areas where they can witness the country's rich biodiversity resources. The GCF, once accessed by the Philippines will be a vital source of support in conserving the country's biodiversity. This will enable communities increase resilience and cope with the impacts of climate change.