DENR-BMB's BPP Shares Mainstreaming Efforts at ASEAN confab
BMB's efforts in mainstreaming biodiversity in the planning and development processes at the local government level recently found its way at the 2nd ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity held at the Centara Grand Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand last 14-16 February 2016, with the theme, Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.
An initiative of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) with the support of the Royal Thai Government as host, the ACB 2016 gathered close to thousands of delegates representing ASEAN Member States (AMS), research and scientific community, academe, NGOs, regional and international multilateral organizations, and the private the sector. The Conference served as a forum for exchanging perspectives on initiatives that address biodiversity issues in the region and discussing steps forward in advancing the ASEAN biodiversity agenda within the context of the Aichi Targets and the newly adopted global mandate on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Under the parallel session on ASEAN's Progress in Achieving the Aichi Targets, the BMB, represented by the BPP, shared its efforts in mainstreaming biodiversity in the local planning processes at the sub-national level in the Philippines. In particular, BPP underlined its initiatives in developing a framework and methods on how to integrate biodiversity concerns in the spatial and development planning of LGUs and its subsequent piloting activities in more than 20 towns and cities in the country. Mr Eduardo Genciagan, Jr. represented BPP in the Conference.
Meanwhile, BMB also represented the DENR in the side exhibition event which also showcased mainstreaming initiatives and good practices in the Philippines.