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Pursuant to the Memorandum of Agreement entered into by the DENR-PAWB and the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for the implementation of activities under the UNDP-GEF funded Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP), an orientation workshop was convened on August 05, 2013 at the Sequoia Hotel to orient and level-off with officials and technical staff of the NCIP central office and select regional offices to jumpstart the collaboration.
Around 30 participants attended said briefing-workshop led by newly-appointed NCIP Chairperson Atty. Leonor Quintayo who delivered a very insightful message during the opening program. For the DENR, PAWB Director Theresa Mundita Lim also expressed optimism on the newly-forged partnership with NCIP to integrate biodiversity conservation into the context of indigenous peoples in general and the Commission’s plans and programs in particular.
The workshop specifically aims to roll off the BPP-NCIP partnership by levelling-off with and mobilizing concerned NCIP regional and field officers in the BPP sites through an agreed action program. Once approved, NCIP and implementing partners will undertake identified activities to resolve the issues and concerns and to facilitate the implementation of the relevant site activities in consonance with the work plan and objectives of the BPP.
Under this institutional partnership, several activities are expected to be underscored as follows:
- Formulate an enhanced “Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP)-Biodiversity Conservation Framework” that shall serve as the guide for planning and undertaking IP community led biodiversity conservation activities within the BPP demonstration sites;
- From the framework, develop the approaches and methodologies for the identification, assessment, planning, development, promotion, and implementation of an enhanced ADSDPP with biodiversity conservation elements and activities at the local level;
- Provide technical assistance including the provision of trainings in the application and use of the approaches and methodologies in the BPP demonstration sites;
- Issuance of a Joint NCIP-DENR memorandum circular for the adoption of the framework, approaches and methodologies for undertaking IP community led biodiversity conservation activities;
- Collaborate with the other BPP partner organizations and local government units (LGUs) in the BPP demonstration site to ensure the harmonization of the local land use and development plans and protected area/biodiversity management plans of DENR with the ADSDPP of the IP communities in the BPP demonstration sites; and
- Provide technical assistance in the implementation of the biodiversity conservation and biodiversity friendly programs/projects as specified in the ADSDPP of the IP communities in the project sites
As output to the workshop, an action planning and brainstorming activity was held, which draw action plans for each of the sites and were later presented in the plenary. During the levelling-off session, various issues and concerns were also raised. It is expected that levelling-off and inception activities will follow at the site level.