The event dubbed as National REDD+ Congress: A Platform for Learning Experience was graced by DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Isabelo Montejo, representing DENR Secretary Gina Lopez. In his message, Usec Montejo acknowledged the determination and support of the civil society for the successful implementation of the REDD+ which serves as a strategy for addressing climate change.
He also emphasized that the Philippines has seen a dramatic reduction of its forest cover in recent years due to activities such as slash-and-burn practices, illegal logging, mining, and other forms of activities that release greenhouse gases..
In enjoining the REDD+ practitioners to work together to mitigate the impacts of climate change, he said, “the knowledge and expertise of the different CSOs who are in the forefront of social justice shall be tapped for the success of the REDD+ project in the Philippines.” He also emphasized that a project, such as REDD+ becomes meaningful, only when it is tagged by the civil society as their own.
The REDD+ Project is an international mechanism to help stop deforestation and mitigate climate change by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases through enhanced forest management. The office of the National REDD+ System Philippines Project states that when implemented, it can quickly reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and provide significant benefits to people’s organizations, indigenous peoples, and local landowners and forest communities, as well as for biodiversity in the forest areas.
The REDD+ Project sites in the Philippines are located in three regions - region 5, region 8, and Region 11. The project started in April 2013 and will end in April 2017.
REDD+ is being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in partnership with the DENR-Forest Management Bureau, Biodiversity Management Bureau, Climate Change Commission, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and other stakeholders, including local government units and local communities. ###
Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism
by USEC PHILIP CAMARA
(Published in The Manila Times, 05 January 2017)
TIMES of crisis are windows for great opportunity. That is an old Chinese saying. But in these troubling times (for many), what opportunities indeed lie ahead? There are quite a few and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given current trajectories or the way things are unfolding. Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.
The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions. Not just tensions between peoples but tensions between people and their environment and even tensions inside people due to an identity overly linked to consumerism rather than their inherent truths; consumerism that threatens the very sustainability of Mother Earth.
One such opportunity is the re-emergence within government of the area development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez. While Sixto K. Roxas was its initial advocate in the late 1960s it had unfortunately been bastardized in several big government projects that went puff! (just as the autonomous regional experience is going puff!) due to wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.
With Secretary Gina at the helm of a major government department that has a direct and meaningful role in national development, the area development paradigm is set to take off and this time under the leadership of a capable and knowledgeable environment and natural resources secretary. For one, Secretary Gina has been a practitioner of area development approaching the various undertakings of the ABS-CBN Foundation in Palawan and other provinces wherein the local people were the implementers and the beneficiaries of the eco-tourism projects that simply highlighted the potential of their area (thus the term area development).Read more...
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