First-ever “Biodiversity-friendly Bazaar” launched
The Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) recently launched the first of its kind bazaar featuring identified and potential enterprises and livelihoods that are considered to be as ‘biodiversity-friendly’. In partnership with social enterprise group EnPraxis, with support from Smart and the Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP), the Biodiversity-Friendly Bazaar and Innovation Forum was formally opened on October 15, 2016 at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, Quezon City.
The Bazaar has for its exhibitors mainly existing and start-up social enterprises that promote livelihood, equal opportunity and resource conservation in various industry sectors including agriculture (organic), food and handicrafts/non-timber forest products, manufacturing and even farm tourism. An innovation forum, featuring some of the innovative enterprises and good practices on the ground was also conducted alongside the bazaar that showcases model and potential BDFEs.
In her message, BMB Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim underlined the potential of tapping biodiversity resources for the benefit of communities dependent on biodiversity but at the same time making sure that their practices and methods does not harm biodiversity. She also expressed optimism that this will be the start for enterprises and businesses to engage in or shift to more biodiversity-friendly enterprises.
Biodiversity-friendly enterprises refer to economic activities and practices of micro, small and medium enterprises, local government units and people's organizations that promote the sustainable use of biological resources; create wealth and value; and open opportunities for the equitable sharing of benefits among stakeholders.
Under the BPP initiative, pilot enterprises in the 8 demonstrations sites across the country were identified and developed as BDFE models. The products of said piloting effort was also exhibited at the Bazaar.
The Bazaar will resume on November 5 and every Saturdays thereafter until December 2016 free of charge. (Photos by BMB-CAWED)