HLURB, BMB staff train on biodiversity mainstreaming in local land use planning
Technical staff and regional personnel of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board and DENR-BMB took part in the training of trainers on mainstreaming biodiversity in the local land use and development process of local government units at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Davao City last June 14-15, 2016.
Apart from providing participants a background on the importance and benefits of biodiversity conservation in the sustainable development of communities of host LGUs, said training aimed to equip personnel of HLURB and BMB as lead and capable trainers on the use and application of the Manual of Procedures on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) developed under the Biodiversity Partnerships Project of BMB, with support from the Global Environment Facility and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Some 20 technical and planning staff of HLURB Central Office and its regional offices and DENR-BMB successfully completed the said training graced by no less than BMB Director Theresa Mundita Lim and HLURB Commissioner Atty. Linda Malenab-Hornilla. A site exposure and learning activity in Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental culminated the two-day ToT.
Early on, the Framework and Methods for mainstreaming biodiversity developed by the BPP and duly endorsed by HLURB, has been pilot-tested in several LGUs across the 8 demonstrations of the project in formulating and/or updating of their respective CLUPs.
This also paved way for the formulation of a manual which provides the step-wise procedures for integrating biodiversity concerns and management measures into the HLURB’s 12-step planning process for the preparation of CLUP. HLURB is the agency in-charge of formulating guidelines for CLUP and providing technical assistance to LGUs in CLUP preparation and to members of Provincial and Regional Land Use Committees in CLUP review.
To vividly illustrate each step in the process of mainstreaming, case examples were presented using the results of the mainstreaming pilot tests in the BPP Sites. The primary objective of preparing a mainstreaming manual is to provide the step-wise procedures that planners from LGUs can easily follow in integrating biodiversity concerns in the preparation of their CLUPs and zoning ordinances. Such important task is undertaken through the partnerships of national government agencies particularly the HLURB, DENR-BMB and DILG, the LGUs, and national and local conservation NGOs.
Dr. Jose Regunay, BPP Project Manager, served as the main resource person for on the biodiversity mainstreaming procedures while Ms. Lisa Marie Paguntalan of the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. and Atty. Elpidio Peria also served as resource speakers on Biodiversity Basics and Biodiversity Laws and Policies, respectively. Ms Anabelle Plantilla of the Biodiversity Finance (BIOFIN) Project also provided an update and status of Philippines biodiversity.
In order to strengthen and enable the rolling-out of the procedural guidelines to other LGUs, a joint policy between the DENR and HLURB adopting this guideline as part of the HLURB CLUP Enhanced CLUP Guidebook is also being proposed. The trained HLURB staff together with BMB staff shall also serve as trainers for the subsequent trainings of LGUs and DENR field offices. #