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Caves, Wetlands and Other Ecosystems Division (Cawed)

The Caves, Wetlands and Other Ecosystems Division shall formulate, review and recommend policies, strategies, plans and programs for sustainable use and multi-stakeholder participation in the management of caves and cave resources pursuant to RA 9072 (National Cave and Cave Resources Conservation and Protection Act), inland wetlands based on the National Wetlands Action Plan, Urban Biodiversity, Agro-Biodiversity, and Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECM) except critical habitats: develop standards and safeguards related to program implementation on caves, inland wetlands, urban biodiversity and agro-biodiversity; establish or strengthen linkages, cooperation, networks, and partnerships with relevant institutions or organizations in the conservation and management of caves, inland wetlands, urban biodiversity and agro-biodiversity as well as to assist in the promotion of biodiversity-based products and mainstreaming of biodiversity in wider agricultural landscape and urban settings with other agencies; implement programs on ecotourism development for caves, inland wetlands, urban biodiversity and agro-biodiversity; update and maintain data and information on caves, inland wetlands, urban biodiversity and agro-biodiversity; facilitate the implementation of Philippine commitments to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; and perform other functions that may be assigned by higher authority.

Special Ecosystems Standard Section

  • Formulate and recommend policies, strategies, plans and programs on the sustainable use of caves, inland wetlands, urban biodiversity and agro-biodiversity, and on Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECM) except critical habitats;
  • Provide technical inputs in the formulation of communication, education, and public awareness strategies and activities for the management, protection and conservation of caves, inland wetlands, urban biodiversity and agro-biodiversity;
  • Develop modules for capacity building programs on the management, protection and conservation of caves, inland wetlands, urban biodiversity and agro-biodiversity;
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of policies, plans, and programs on the management, protection and conservation of caves, inland wetlands, urban biodiversity and agro-biodiversity;
  • Act as Secretariat to national committees or technical working groups for inland wetlands and caves;
  • Provide technical assistance in the implementation of policies, plans, and programs of the Divisions;
  • Document field experiences/lessons learned and recommend best practices; and,
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned

Partnership and Engagement Section

  • Formulate and recommend policies, plans and programs in stakeholder engagement and partnership in the management, protection and conservation of caves, inland wetlands, urban biodiversity and agro-biodiversity, and in OECMs except critical habitats;
  • Develop an integrated communication, education, and public awareness strategies and activities for the management, protection and conservation of biological diversity, including social marketing, and documentation of lessons learned and best practices;
  • Disseminate relevant information and press releases to media and other stakeholders on BMB programs and activities;
  • Implement capacity building programs on the management, protection and conservation of caves, inland wetlands, urban biodiversity and agro-biodiversity;
  • Establish or strengthen linkages, cooperation, coordination and network with relevant institutions or organization in the management, protection and conservation of caves, inland wetlands, urban biodiversity and agro-biodiversity;
  • Assist the Secretariat to the national committees or technical working groups for inland wetlands and caves;
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of policies, plans, and programs on stakeholder engagement and partnerships in the management, protection and conservation of caves, inland wetlands, urban biodiversity, agro-biodiversity, agro-biodiversity, and in OECMs except critical habitats; and,
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.