BMB forms trainers pool, holds biodiversity strategic assessment training
The BMB, through its Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP) completed a training of trainers (ToT) on the biodiversity-focused Strategic Environmental Assessment or BDSEA for some BMB 20 technical staff. The ToT which commenced last March 2016 was in partnership with the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP).
The BDSEA is a tool or procedure to evaluate the effects of policies, plans and programs or PPaPs to the environment especially biodiversity, socio-economic welfare and human wellbeing.
The training intended to provide the participants the knowledge and skills for carrying out Biodiversity-focused Strategic Environment Assessment (BDSEA). BDSEA aims to identify and evaluate the effects of policies, plans and programs (PPaPs) on the environment especially biodiversity and consequent well-being of affected communities.
The scope of the ToT was focused, among others, on the significance of biodiversity in ecosystem functioning and contribution to human well-being; BDSEA’s basis, tools and targets; and the group exercises on a particular cases studies applying the BDSEA tool. A mix of lecture and group exercises was employed in the training course facilitated in by Dr. Mario Delos Reyes, Dean of UP SURP who also served as resource person and moderator of said exercise.
Under the BPP, a framework on the BDSEA was formulated which also served as the basis for the development of the BDSEA manual for national government agencies and the simplified manual for local government units. The BDSEA tool for both NGAs and LGU levels was early on pilot-tested in their PPAPs including the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) and the Comprehensive Land Use Plans of several LGUs in Quirino Protected Landscape (QPL).
The MOP is intended to assist in the DENR-wide application of BDSEA. This is to strengthen the capacities of the DENR in the preparation of policies, plans and programs (PPaPs) in the environment and natural resources sector that takes into account the need to conserve biodiversity while meeting the objectives of socio-economic growth
Meanwhile, a proposed DENR policy is also being worked out to serve as basis for adopting the tool within DENR and encouraging the same to other NGAs. #