The Nature Conservation Mapping Network held its 5th meeting last April 19, 2016 at the Biodiversity Management Bureau Training Center. The highlight of the meeting was the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by the representatives of both the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) and the network members. Assistant Director Antonio C. Manila, signed in behalf of the BMB. The other signatories are as follows: Director Enrique A. Nuñez for Conservation International Philippines Foundation Inc.(CI-Philippines); Atty. Jose Andres Canivel for the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF); Dr. Pacencia Milan of the Foundation for Philippine Environment (FPE); Dir. Dave de Vera for Philippine Association for Intercultural Development Inc.(PAFID);OIC Assistant Director Benjamin Balais of the National Mapping and Resources Information Authority (NAMRIA) and Engr. Rolando Fernandez for the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). Aside from those who signed, representatives from the Department of Tourism and National Irrigation Administration also attended the meeting.

cbd world health day message

The World Health Organization’s objective of scaling up the prevention, care, and surveillance of diabetes on World Health Day 2016 provides a timely opportunity to reflect upon the profound impacts of biodiversity loss and its consequences for human and planetary health. The conservation, sustainable use of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes, forests and other terrestrial ecosystems, seascapes and freshwater systems can contribute to dietary diversity and to reducing the rising global health threat posed by diabetes and diet-related diseases through its potential contributions to healthier diets and food choices.

CBD world water day

Water is our most valuable natural asset and is at the core of sustainable development. Life could not exist on Earth without water. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, also underpin poverty eradication, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.

Today, almost half of the world's workers, some 1.5 billion people, work in water related sectors. In fact, estimates suggest that 95 per cent of jobs in the agriculture sector, 60 per cent of jobs in the industry sector and 30 per cent of jobs in the services sector are dependent on water. Countries are also finding innovative ways to mix protection of the environment with job creation. Since its inception in 1995, South Africa’s Working for Water program, the largest public-funded project to eradicate invasive alien plants and improve availability to water resources through enhanced ecosystem infrastructure in the world, has created over 180 000 full-time jobs over the past two decades.


“They can’t see the forests for the trees” is an apt expression for someone who cannot see the bigger picture. In fact, forests are much more than trees. As the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, forests are home to more than 80 per cent of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. They provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent communities, with approximately 1.6 billion people relying on forest resources for their livelihoods, with most of them (1.2 billion) using trees on farms to generate food and cash.

Forests play an important role in both adaptation and mitigation of climate change, as they provide local ecosystem services relevant for adaptation as well as the global ecosystem service of carbon sequestration, relevant for mitigation.They help protect against natural hazards such as landslides, help reduce soil erosion and provide short-term relief efforts and long-term recovery and prevention of future disasters.

national womens month 2016

BMB celebrates National Women’s Month

The Biodiversity Management Bureau promoted the importance of wellness and healthy living of its employees a part of the National Women’s Month celebration through a fun walk and Zumba exercise last March 30, 2016 inside the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center. The annual event was organized by BMB-GAD, headed by Ms. Christy Fider, to give appreciation to all the women and to further promote gender equality. Ms. Meriden Maranan, Chief of National Parks Division, delivered the welcome remarks and emphasized the dominance in number of the women in the bureau. She also talked about the importance of women in the organization and how effective they were in their respective work assignments.

The event ended happily as everyone participated in the Zumba exercises led by Ms. Charito Delos Reyes and Mr. Danny Malvar.