25.01.2018

Philippines: Support of more than 110 Protected Areas

Behind the Black Mountain on Mount Hamiguitan, part of Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the picture: Park guard Nong Pidoy and mountain rescuer Don Uyan. Photo: Eden Jhan G. Licayan.

Behind the Black Mountain on Mount Hamiguitan, part of Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the picture: Park guard Nong Pidoy and mountain rescuer Don Uyan. Photo: Eden Jhan G. Licayan.

The Protected Area Management Enhancement (PAME) Project in the Philippines ended successfully at the end of 2017. It supported the management of 110 protected areas in the country. Overall, the PAME project reached its goal to improve the state of management effectiveness of more than 60 National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) areas as shown by the average increase in the management assessment scores by more than 30% for these areas. In addition, the capacities of more than 17,000 representatives of communities, national and local government units, civil society organizations, and the academe to manage protected areas were developed under the project.

The Philippines is one of the world’s 17 most biodiverse countries, which together host 70% of the world’s biodiversity. However, this global biodiversity hotspot is threatened due to the country’s continued population growth, overexploitation of resources, pollution, and extreme vulnerability to climate change.

56 new terrestrial and marine protected areas covering 170,000 hectares were established, including the “Negros Occidental Coastal Wetlands Conservation Area” (NOCWCA) that has been acknowledged as a special wetland area under the RAMSAR convention as well as a major East Asian-Australasian Flyway site.

Under the PAME Project, the German government worked with the Philippine government to develop the capacities of the Philippine communities, NGOs and line agencies to sustainably manage their biodiversity for food security, sustained livelihoods, health, and protection from the disastrous impacts of climate change.

At the closing-event more than 200 participants from different partner government units and organizations across the country came together to share their stories and experiences in the management and conservation of their respective environmental protected areas.

The National Learning Exchange included a “PAMElihan” (marketplace) session where posters from the PAME 160 sites were presented and showcased. Photo: GIZ.

Amongst these experiences are the effective cooperation among the national and local governments, communities, NGOs, indigenous peoples, and other stakeholders; empowerment of communities to take the lead in developing their culturally unique approaches to protected area management; inclusion of sustainable tourism and other livelihood projects in the management approaches; and empowerment of women to play important roles in protected area management.

German Ambassador to the Philippines Gordon Kricke sharing Germany and the Philippines strong common interest in overcoming climate change and biodiversity loss. Photo: GIZ.“The Philippines are a focus country for Germany in the fight against climate change. The Philippines and Germany have already established a strong partnership in the areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as biodiversity conservation,” said Dr. Gordon Kricke, German Ambassador to the Philippines during the closing-event.

Director Mundita Lim of the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources also highlighted “the importance of the country’s biodiversity, with the Philippines being one of the world’s most mega-diverse countries.”

PAME is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Environment Ministry (BMUB) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It collaborated with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), Negros Island Region (NIR) and at least 10 coastal municipalities and cities of Negros Occidental Province together with the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental through the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO).Biodiversity partners. The German Government has cooperated with the Philippine government in the field of environment and natural resource management. Photo: GIZ.