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BMB conducts GBIF-IPT Training for the CHED-Funded PABIDACO Project at the

University of the Philippines – Baguio

 

The Biodiversity Management Bureau successfully conducted the Global Biodiversity Information Facility-Integrated Publishing Toolkit (GBIF-IPT) training last February 10-11, 2017 at the University of the Philippines-Baguio. Twenty six participants compose of professors and IT experts from the three higher educational institution (HEI’s) involved in the CHED-funded project “Popularizing Access to Biodiversity Information Data and Conservation Opportunities (PABIDACO) attended the 2-day training.

PABIDACO is a project undertaken by Benguet State University , St. Louis University and University of Baguio as the lead which is intended for the gathering and promotion of biodiversity information and conservation efforts in the Cordillera Autonomous Region. Participants from DENR-CAR and the National Commission on Indigenous People-CAR also attended the training.

The two day training-workshop conducted by the BMB-Informatics personnel emphasized the benefits of sharing data thru publishing and enhanced the participant’s skills in data transformation process, using the Darwin Core standard and publishing biodiversity data using the GBIF-IPT. Participants were assisted in the hands-on publishing of different classes of biodiversity data using a local IPT set-up.

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Participants of the 2-day Training on GBIF-IPT at the University of the Philippines-Baguio

 

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Every 2nd of February each year is World Wetlands Day (WWD). This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The celebration aims to raise public awareness on the importance and value of wetlands. The Philippine government adopted its local celebration in 1999 with Presidential Proclamation No. 74, “Declaring February 2 of each year as National Wetlands Day.” The said event coincides with the worldwide celebration of the WWD.

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The Biodiversity Management Bureau took the initiative to harmonize the mandates and programs of various agencies and institutions in an attempt to sustainably manage resources in Benham Rise.

Benham Rise (or Benham Plateau) is a 13-million hectare underwater region located northeast of Luzon’s exclusive economic zone and is one of the very few significantly large contiguous areas remaining in the country that are relatively in pristine condition. Recent scientific surveys done in 2014 and 2016 in Benham Bank, its shallowest portion, showed the richness of biodiversity in the area, thereby underscoring the need to have a management mechanism in place.

The majestic Philippine eagle, the elegant manta ray, the adorable slow loris, and numerous other threatened species have a better chance of survival after multi-stakeholder law enforcement groups in the Philippines took strides forward on 24 November 2016 by drafting the first Wildlife Law Enforcement Action Plan (WildLEAP).

Global environmental crime is valued between US$ 40 and US$ 70 billion per year.  Each year, the Philippines loses natural resources valued at over US$ 1 billion (PHP 50 bn) from environmental crimes. Through the Illegal wildlife trade specifically, the country incurs economic losses of about US$ 230 million (PHP 11 billion) per year, mainly through foregone tourism revenues.

WildLEAP will be implemented from 2017-2028, in line with the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP). It complements the existing national environmental law enforcement plan, and laws governing forestry and fisheries sectors. The substantive content of WildLEAP was drawn from proceedings of the First Wildlife Law Enforcement Summit convened in Davao City on 22-23 November 2016.

Key elements of WildLEAP include sets of specific actions to address existing gaps under the following components: a) capacity building; b) communication, education, and public awareness; c) policy; d) networking and coordination, e) good governance; f) curbing corruption; and g) resource mobilization.

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The Philippines was among the first countries to crush confiscated ivory (21 June 2013);

Credit: National Geographic News

1st Philippine Cave and Karst Forum 2

1st Philippine Cave and Karst Forum 3

The 1st Philippine Cave and Karst Forum was conducted on 9-10 November 2016 at the National Museum of Fine Arts Auditorium, Padre Burgos Drive, Manila. The Forum had five sessions, namely: Cave Geology, Cave Biology, Cultural and Historical Value on Caves, Cave Ecotourism and Governance and Management of Caves. There were twenty (20) presentations by specialists/experts. The Forum provided opportunity for DENR staff and various stakeholders to learn and acquire enhanced knowledge on transdisciplinary approaches to management and researches of cave and karst ecosystems in support to the implementation of Republic Act 9072 (National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act). A total of 236 participants (141 male and 95 female) from DENR, National Cave Committee, Regional Cave Committees, other Government agencies, Local Government Units, academe and researchers participated in the Forum.