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ntwg group photo2The National Interagency Technical Working Group (NTWG) comprised of national government agencies and state universities convened to support the ABS Project’s implementation strategies on September 6, 2022 in Quezon City.

Quezon City, Philippines - Key government agencies forming the National Interagency Technical Working Group (NTWG) of the Implementing the National Framework on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge in the Philippines Project (ABS Project) convened to support the project’s implementation strategies on September 6, 2022.

Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the ABS Project is being implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Philippines as the implementing agency.

advrespmining1Photo overlooking rehabilitation area of Agata Nickel Laterite Project (ANLP) in Agusan del Norte and Butuan Bay.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) and the DENR- Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) led the orientation of mining regulators and biodiversity conservation personnel from the Eastern Mindanao cluster; regions 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 on the implementation of a new guidelines that intends to restore biodiversity and ecosystem services in mined-out areas. DENR Administrative Order No. 2022-04 also known as “Enhancing Biodiversity Conservation and Protection in Mining Areas” aims to introduce a science -based approach in the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems in mining areas towards the realization of responsible mining as envisioned in the Philippine Mining Act (Republic Act 7942). With additional measures to safeguard biodiversity in mining areas as espoused by DAO 2022-04, we look ahead for a renewed commitment among government regulators and the mining companies to upscale rehabilitation efforts as integral part of mining operations minimize the impacts of mining on biodiversity and enlist the mining sector in enhancing biodiversity beyond mining tenements.

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Cebu (Philippines) 12 July 2022 – “Wildlife crime is growing in scale and sophistication each year. It must be matched with an equally sophisticated and coordinated response.”

This was the broad consensus among Philippine law enforcement officials participating in a wildlife crime advisory program as they met for the 2nd time on 12-13 July 2022 in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu Province.

The 11-member advisory taskforce—comprised of experts from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB), Department of Justice-National Prosecution Service (DOJ-NPS), Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG), Bureau of Customs (BOC), and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)—was constituted on April 2022 at the initiative of the Environment Team of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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Manila, Philippines - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Philippines conducted the National Inception for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project called the “Implementing the National Framework on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge in the Philippines”or the Access and Benefit Sharing Project (ABS Project).

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The Philippine Eagle Week (PEW) is celebrated every June 4-10 of each calendar year by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 79, series of 1999. Now on its 24th year since its declaration, the BMB intends to celebrate the PEW in Region 12 as a prelude to the release of Philippine eagle Salagbanog. It may be recalled that Salagbanog was rescued after being trapped among thorny rattan vines while preying on a monkey at Salagbanog Falls, Bgy. Ticulab, Sarangani Province on January 9, 2021. The bird’s x-rays revealed that a big “jolen” was palpable under its skin while a smaller pellet on the right clavicle was also detected. The injuries inflicted on the bird showed that these had probably occurred earlier and remained unnoticeable until its capture.