PPSRNP

The PPSRNP has recently been selected as the Pilot Site for implementation of Strengthening Coordination for Effective Environmental Management (STREEM) Project in the Philippines. The Project aims to help in the implementation of the three Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) in the Philippines, namely the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the United Nations Convention Combating Desertification and Land Degradation (UNCCD) and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The PPSRNP was selected because of its internationally significant natural values, Local Government support and commitment, effective conservation and management programs. Funding A Trust Fund has been created for the PPSRNP. All income generated from collection of fees are deposited into the Trust. Disbursement is strictly for management purposes and is based on a management plan approved and adopted by the PAMB. The PPSRNP has been self sustaining its operations since 2008. Conservation Initiatives People Empowerment- City Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn appointed representatives from the Barangay Council and Tribal Council within and beside boundary of the PPSRNP as well as Non- Government Organizations and Peoples Organization to the PAMB. This allowed increased local participation in the Planning, Development and Management Process. Management also gave priority to locals in hiring of staff. Providing Economic Resources for Protected Area Management- The PPSRNP Trust Fund was created and a User Fee System was established to replace the contribution system formerly implemented by the DENR. Revenues generated are now deposited into the Trust and may be used strictly for PAMB approved projects and activities. Effective 2008, the annual financial requirements for the operations of the Park is a totally independent. Use of Clean and Free Source of Energy as a Tool for Sustainable Development- Management introduced the use of solar energy. Photovoltaic systems were procured and installed for lighting of the Underground River Tour, Ranger Stations, and to power Communication System. Halogen lamps powered by solar charged batteries were introduced and replaced the pressure lamps that used fossil fuel and emitted harmful toxic fumes to the atmosphere. Implementing Carrying Capacity- to minimize the risk of degrading the environment and the visitor’s experience, Management set a maximum limit of 600 persons a day for visitor access to the Underground River. To be able to closely monitor effects of tourism to cave ecosystem, annual populations surveys of bats and swiftlets are conducted. Promoting Eco-Tourism- Eco-Tourism development in the PPSRNP is designed to increase public awareness and appreciation for our natural environment. Interpretative facilities were installed and staffs properly equipped to provide meaningful interpretation of the underground river and other natural features present. Restoration of Ecosystem – Reforestation of degraded ecosystems through planting of endemic tree species and allowing natural regeneration of vegetation. Management gradually phased out visitor facilities like cooking area in the Underground River Ranger Station and visitor overnight cottages in the Malipien Ranger Station to restore rare beach ecosystem. Foot trails were also redesigned and clearly marked to keep visitors from encroaching on fragile ecosystems. Restoration was done mostly through natural regeneration and planting of endemic tree species. Providing Economic Benefits for Local Communities- Management also provides income for local community through a Park Ferry Service. It passed a legislation implementing a rotation system to prevent monopoly of benefits derived from the PPSRNP. It organized residents and formed the Sabang Sea Ferry Service Cooperative. Membership has increased from just 15 members/boats when organized in 1995, up to 50 members/boats at present. Management allocates a certain amount for each of the 4 Barangays and 2 CADC’s located within its boundaries. International Support for Nature Conservation- Soliciting local, national and international community support for nature conservation. Through the leadership and support of the support of the City Government, the PPSRNP has been declared the official representative and is one of the 28 official finalists to the global search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park features a spectacular limestone or karst landscape. It contains an underground river the flows directly to the sea. The lower half of the river is brackish and subject to the oceans tide. The underground river, flowing into the sea, and its associated tidal influence, make this a significant natural phenomena. It is one of the few such rivers which the general public can easily experience and appreciate. The cave includes many speleothems and several large chambers exist, up to 120 meters in width and 60 meters in height. The highlight of an underground river tour is known as the cathedral as most of the rock formations that are found resemble objects usually found in a church. Such as the giant candle, angles, the holy family.

is noted in WWF’s Global 200 report as having the richest tree flora of Asia. There are several threats to the core zone from the activities in the buffer zone area. The Palawan Moist Forest which is present in the Site. dominated by hardwood species. under the Philippines NIPAS Act of 1992. The proclamation includes specific GPS coordinates describing the inscribed area. an Act created for establishing and managing protected areas in the Philippines. adds to what is a spectacular setting. to ensure that these values are not compromised by any change in local management perspective which may occur in the future.202 ha area as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. fish and prawns. Management and Protection Management of the Park falls under the scope of Republic Act (R.) No. with high levels of regional and local endemism.While it may not be as significant as other underground rivers or as dramatic and other similar caves. The adjoining Barangay Marufinas also has important values. The marine component of the property is a small but important feature of the inscription and the mangrove swamp adjacent to the limestone hills. Tourism if not carefully planned and implemented. 30 mammal.449 ha buffer zone added in 1999. The Site represents significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. Palawan porcupine and Palawan stink badger. The present boundary covers the entire catchment of the Underground River. In the coastal area. 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Area Systems (NIPAS) Act of 1992. the City Mayor is the authority with full responsibility over the property and all management decisions for the Park are made by the Mayor in consultation with a Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). The Palawan Moist Forest also has the largest and richest examples of limestone forest in Asia. Eight forest formations are found in the park: forest over ultramafic soils. Tourism management objectives for the Park are set out in the management plan and these appear to be relevant and effective. insect. . especially with respect to invertebrates. Palawan has. forest over limestone soils. The area includes land within the boundaries of three Barangays (Barangay is an administrative boundary for local purposes). Palawan peacock pheasant. been described as “the last best hope” for forest conser4vation in the Philippines. and mangrove forest. freshwater swamp forest. riverine forest. also has great potential to adversely impact on the natural values of the core zone. particularly for forest conservation. in fact. sea grass beds and coral reefs are also found.753 ha core area created in 1971. This includes the original 5. Under this MOA. This river and its tributaries are all within the Cabayugan catchment. Internationally threatened species present include the Philippine cockatoo. and thus ensure the protection of the natural values. Management jurisdiction of the Site is under the City Government of Puerto Princesa by virtue of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for Devolution between the City Government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources signed in 1992. including all the 15 endemic bird species of Palawan. This arrangement appears to have worked effectively to date. Palawan shama and the Palawan scoops owl. montane forest. Further studies are required to determine the extent and diversity of the underground fauna. particularly those related to the water quality and quantity. It is considered important that the status of natural values is monitored effectively over time. Green sea turtle and the Bottlenose dolphin. 18 reptile and 10 amphibian species. this underground river is easily navigable up to 4. The Park is one of the five Important Bird Areas (IBA) of Palawan which has been identified as one of the 7 Endemic Bird Areas (EBA) of the Philippines by Birdlife International (BI). The conservation significance of this forest at the international level is heightened when considered in the context of the high levels of past and current deforestation in the Philippines and in the region. lowland evergreen tropical rainforest.5 km and is reputed to be the longest navigable underground river in the world. There is a need for previously mentioned management guidelines to cover issues such as removal of pollution inputs to the river. The Park is also designated a core area for the Palawan Biosphere Reserve under the Man and Biosphere (MAB) Program of UNESCO. Formal agreements have also been made with concern Barangays for integrated land use planning to ensure that the World Heritage values are protected. The PPSRNP contains a full mountain to sea ecosystem and protect the most significant forest area within Palawan Biogeographic Province. The biodiversity within the site is considered significant. beach forest. Integrity Presidential Proclamation No. This is thus important in protecting World Heritage values of the Site. Formal resolutions have been submitted from the Barangays surrounding the PPSRNP noting their agreements to include their respective areas within the inscribed boundaries. Water quality in the underground river area is invariably affected by upstream activities in the catchment area. 5 species of birds and 1 reptile that are listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened species. largely reflecting strong support at the political level. Endemic mammals include Palawan tree shrew.A. The tunnel and chambers of the subterranean river are home to eight species of bats and two species of swiftlets. particularly from the City Mayor. 212 declared a 22. The property provides critical habitat that support 195 birds. Approximately two-thirds of the park is forested. The role of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park takes a special urgency in this perspective. Endemic birds include the Palawan hornbill. snakes. Main threats are from forest clearing and agricultural activities. swiftlets. and the 14. The faunal diversity in the PPSRNP is moderate. The Park is also inhabited by 6 species of mammals. The subterranean fauna comprises of bats. This agreement means that the area is protected at the local rather than a national level.

These guidelines provide for the establishment of sustainable protective measures for agricultural land within the buffer zone. Wildlife population surveys are conducted annually to monitor effects of tourism to the wildlife. United Nation Convention on Biodiversity Conservation and United Nation Convention on Land Degradation and Desertification. Expenditures from the fund are strictly for management and operation purposes. the PAMB has set and is currently implementing a carrying capacity of 600 visitors a day to the Underground River. With the participation of national government agencies and local stakeholders management have a better chance in protecting and conserving the Outstanding Universal Values of the Site. The plan provides zonation within the park boundaries wherein different management regimes apply. Water samples are collected annually from permanent sampling sites to monitor the water quality of the river. The management plan also provides protective measures that conserve the natural resources and improve the quality of life of the area’s residents.There is management plan for the PPSRNP which sets out relevant objectives and programs to ensure the effective management of the Park. Arida. Key management requirement is to conserve the underground river and the forest ecosystems in their most natural state as possible.Timber Forest Products (NTFP) such as rattan and almaciga resin are regulated to ensure long-term benefits. Its objective is to implement the provisions of the three Multilateral Environmental Agreements. A UNDP-GEF funded project that aims to help the Philippines Government comply with the Philippine obligation under the Rio. Regular foot patrols are conducted to minimize encroachment and forest clearing. United Nations Development Programme Priorities on natural resource management and environment related to aquaculture and other living aquatic resources . It’s effective management is a symbol of commitment by the Filipino people to protection and conservation of our natural world heritage for the present and future generations. the United Nation Convention on Climate Change. a 24-hour monitoring for natural resource use are being conducted by management in cooperation with the community. Revenue from tourism has allowed the PPSRNP to be self –liquidating since 2008. To counter the threat of uncontrolled access to the park as a result of the concreting of road leading to Sabang and the development of the Sabang pier. Management is also promoting organic farming to decrease pollutants of the river. Program Manager. Funds raised from tourists visiting the site are increasing and earnings are deposited into Park’s trust Fund. The Park tourism program being implemented aims to enhance visitor experience with nature while protecting the natural values. Staffing levels are adequate but more training in park planning and management is required. UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (UNDP) Clarissa C. Harvest of Non. Management of the buffer zones is covered by guidelines which seek to regulate activities to minimize the impact on the core zone. The PPSRNP has the distinction of being the first national park devolved and successfully managed by a local government unit. The PPSRNP has been recently selected as the pilot site for implementation of the Strengthening Coordination for Effective Environmental Management (STREEM) Project. Management of the core zone is currently very effective reflecting strong local political support as well as reasonable funding and staffing levels.Convention.

It seeks to provide focus and impetus to action in the five key thematic areas of water. farming. Capacity 2015 is a UNDP effort aimed at developing the capacities of countries to meet sustainable development goals under Agenda 21 and the Millennium Development Goals at the local level. health. Enhance capacities. by 2010. among others. UNCTAD (United Nations Conference for Trade and Development) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme). UNDP supported WEHAB initiative. Promote more ecological practices in agriculture at the local level through disseminating success stories. policies and institutions that promote sustainable agricultural practices and systems. The Framework of Action on Agriculture emphasized the importance of agriculture in stimulating sustainable economic growth and rural employment and as the cornerstone for food security and poverty reduction.g. Another important new mandate to UNDP refers to the provision of technical assistance in the area of trade. The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) has reaffirmed the Millennium Development Goals to "encourage the application. diversify and sustain their livelihoods by taking advantage of synergies between. together with WTO (World Trade Organization). agriculture and biodiversity that are integral to a coherent international approach to the implementation of sustainable development and that are among the issues contained in the Plan of Implementation endorsed by the Summit. PEMSEA [Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia]). The framework likewise recognizes that sustainable agriculture depends on effective management of natural resources and preservation of the biodiversity base. energy.In general. Among the action areas identified in the WEHAB Framework for Agriculture are: • • • • Improve opportunities for the poor to strengthen. forestry and non-farm activities. environment and development. The Plan of Implementation and Political Declaration give a clear mandate to UNDP in the area of capacity building and refer in many instances to the Millennium Development Goals for which UNDP has been appointed Campaign Manager and Scorekeeper. of the ecosystem approach for the sustainable development of oceans. The WEHAB initiative was proposed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as a contribution to the preparations for the WSSD. fishing. and . Promote the conservation of aquatic ecosystems and manage associated capture fisheries through co-operation between governments and fishing communities (e. UNDP's interventions in agriculture contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) particularly on eradicating poverty and hunger and on ensuring environmental sustainability and other relevant international agreements related to agriculture and food. UNDP also launched Capacity 2015 in Bali and Johannesburg to Developing Capacities for Sustainable Communities.

The SDS-SEA is seen as an instrument that cuts across all sectors. desired changes include: national coastal and marine policy and supporting legislation adopted and implemented. The second GOP-UNDP country cooperation framework is founded on the broad strategies of the revised MTPDP and the overarching corporate goal to contribute to extreme poverty eradication through sustainable human development by: • • • creating and enabling environment: poverty reduction through governance. UNDP is using the SDS-SEA as a framework for Capacity 2015 implementation. policies and action plans to reduce threats to ecosystems and overcome multiple-use conflicts concerning coastal resources. ports. As an example. and promoting intersectoral. forging operational linkages across national and regional programmes addressing issues such as poverty alleviation. tourism. ecosystems and the natural resource base. marine endangered species and biodiversity effectively protected. and . micro-financing).g. ensuring environment sustainability. international straits and marine ecosystems in place. national and international environmental management efforts: Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA). The CCF reflects the priorities of the current administration. build viable and sustainable rural financing schemes and banking services (e. In terms of outcomes. economic growth and maintaining the health of human beings. PEMSEA generates multistakeholder involvement and commitment to sustainable development of fisheries. sustainable livelihood. PEMSEA strengthens capacities in governance of oceans and coastal areas. intergovernmental and interproject partnerships for overcoming constraints to sustainable development of the region. As one of the implementing agencies of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). empowerment of the poor. and protected areas established and managed among others.• Improve access to rural financial services for small-scale farmers and rural entrepreneurs. interagency. those relevant to aquaculture and other living aquatic resources include: aquatic food production safe for human consumption. PEMSEA develop and implement coastal strategies. UNDP supports the implementation of the 'Regional Programme on Partnership on Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia'. The SDS-EAS outlines the desired changes in terms of institutional systems and outcomes. not just the environment sector. The Second Country Cooperation Framework for the Philippines (CCF) outlines the agreement between the Government and UNDP that poverty alleviation shall be the core business of UNDP Philippines with governance intervention as the major means to achieve this goal. inland seas. bays. aquaculture. harbours and other coastal activities. fish stocks equitably and sustainably used. PEMSEA developed a functional framework to streamline regional. It has evolved to provide a platform for: harmonizing relationships between the economy and the environment as related to the Seas of East Asia. and area specific institutional arrangements for environmental management of large gulfs. reduction of vulnerability to natural hazards.

. • ENR framework development and implementation The ENR framework shall guide planning and implementation of interventions for the protection of the environment and sustainable development of natural resources. There is a need to advance the promotion and protection of human rights as basis for all development initiatives geared towards improving the quality of life of the poor. There are four programmes under the Portfolio on Ensuring Environmental Sustainability. civil society. It promotes and institutionalizes Environmental Management Systems (EMS) related tools. Under the ENR programme various interventions related to aquaculture and marine resources management are undertaken. Cross cutting issues on human rights and gender are integrated into the framework. academe and other stakeholders to ensure that capacities are developed to effectively participate in various governance processes. We build on existing partnerships with national government agencies.• establishing the Foundation for Peace and Development. • Renewable energy. harmonization and enhancement of planning and development systems and processes in accordance with SD principles. the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has embarked on the Development of a National Coastal and Marine Strategy with support from UNDP and PEMSEA. Being an archipelagic state with a coastline of 33 900 km. private sector. It aims to institutionalize such systems and enhances processes at the national and local levels of governance. In the Philippines. the Philippines has a large segment of its population concentrated in the coastal area. • Mainstreaming sustainable development (MSD) and Philippine Agenda 21 into national. energy efficiency and climate change This portfolio promotes sustainable and renewable energy systems in off-grid communities in the rural areas and support energy efficiency programmes in the urban areas. LGUs. regional and local governance MSD programme uses a strategic and catalytic approach to capacity building. EPIC uses eco-Industrial development approaches to foster environmental stewardship by industries and promotes environmental entrepreneurship and finance to encourage environmental investments and integration of environmental costs/considerations in the work of financial institutions. The process involves defining the policy environment and capacity building needs to implement such a framework and its corollary plans and programmes. • Environmental programme for industry competitiveness (EPIC) EPIC aims to develop an internationally competitive Philippine industry sector. media.

improved governance. biodiversity conservation now becomes a UNDP corporate priority. (3) other terrestrial-based biodiversity projects in SamarIsland. (1) Food Security. With the WEHAB framework. by 2010. UNDP also supports promotion of renewable energy projects for off-grid rural communities. (2) Conservation of the Bohol Marine Triangle with Foundation for the Philippine Environment. environmental improvement. among others. (4) Reduced Vulnerability. poverty alleviation and better returns on investments for society in the coastal and marine areas. The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) has reaffirmed the Millennium Development Goals to "encourage the application. (2) Health Improvements. resource conservation. In the Philippines for example. Program Manager. UNDP's interventions in agriculture contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) particularly on eradicating poverty and hunger and on ensuring environmental sustainability and other relevant international agreements related to agriculture and food. Biodiversity is key to poverty reduction and sustainable development: [from slide: Biodiversity as a key area in natural resources management. (5) Ecosystem Services. UNDP support biodiversity conservation efforts in critical and globally significant coastal and marine ecosystems: (1) Conservation of the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and World Heritage Site with WWFPhilippines. (3) Income Generation. UNDP supports a number of biodiversity conservation programmes and projects. The Plan of Implementation and Political Declaration give a clear mandate to UNDP in the area of capacity building and refer in many instances to the Millennium . United Nations Development Programme Priorities on natural resource management and environment related to aquaculture and other living aquatic resources In general.3 billion to developing countries in support of biodiversity efforts . UNDP channelled over US$1. Then WSSD boosted global attention to biodiversity as well as water.but mostly from GEF.The strategy aims to offer approaches to address priority cross-sectoral issues and impacts on coastal and marine areas. energy etc] Biodiversity efforts of UNDP are very much linked into. marine. UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (UNDP) Clarissa C. freshwater and wetland ecosystems (GEF OP2) as well as international waters programmes and (IW OP). leading to reduced multiple-use conflicts. UNDP supports a number of biodiversity conservation efforts. Zambales. of the ecosystem approach for the sustainable development of oceans. Arida. Mt. Since Rio. a large part of which cover coastal. Isarog.

farming. PEMSEA strengthens capacities in governance of oceans and coastal areas. The WEHAB initiative was proposed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as a contribution to the preparations for the WSSD. The Framework of Action on Agriculture emphasized the importance of agriculture in stimulating sustainable economic growth and rural employment and as the cornerstone for food security and poverty reduction. Among the action areas identified in the WEHAB Framework for Agriculture are: • • • • • Improve opportunities for the poor to strengthen. aquaculture. diversify and sustain their livelihoods by taking advantage of synergies between. policies and action plans to reduce threats to ecosystems and overcome multiple-use conflicts concerning coastal resources. health. Promote more ecological practices in agriculture at the local level through disseminating success stories. Promote the conservation of aquatic ecosystems and manage associated capture fisheries through co-operation between governments and fishing communities (e. PEMSEA generates multistakeholder involvement and commitment to sustainable development of fisheries. It seeks to provide focus and impetus to action in the five key thematic areas of water. and Improve access to rural financial services for small-scale farmers and rural entrepreneurs. ports. As one of the implementing agencies of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).g. tourism. micro-financing). PEMSEA [Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia]).g. together with WTO (World Trade Organization). build viable and sustainable rural financing schemes and banking services (e. Another important new mandate to UNDP refers to the provision of technical assistance in the area of trade. harbours and other coastal activities. Enhance capacities. The framework likewise recognizes that sustainable agriculture depends on effective management of natural resources and preservation of the biodiversity base. agriculture and biodiversity that are integral to a coherent international approach to the implementation of sustainable development and that are among the issues contained in the Plan of Implementation endorsed by the Summit. forestry and non-farm activities. UNCTAD (United Nations Conference for Trade and Development) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme). fishing. environment and development. energy. UNDP supported WEHAB initiative. UNDP also launched Capacity 2015 in Bali and Johannesburg to Developing Capacities for Sustainable Communities. policies and institutions that promote sustainable agricultural practices and systems. Capacity 2015 is a UNDP effort aimed at developing the capacities of countries to meet sustainable development goals under Agenda 21 and the Millennium Development Goals at the local level. PEMSEA develop and implement coastal strategies. UNDP supports the implementation of the 'Regional Programme on Partnership on Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia'.Development Goals for which UNDP has been appointed Campaign Manager and Scorekeeper. .

LGUs. and promoting intersectoral. As an example. interagency. The SDS-EAS outlines the desired changes in terms of institutional systems and outcomes. fish stocks equitably and sustainably used. • ENR framework development and implementation . There is a need to advance the promotion and protection of human rights as basis for all development initiatives geared towards improving the quality of life of the poor. civil society. bays. ecosystems and the natural resource base. sustainable livelihood. desired changes include: national coastal and marine policy and supporting legislation adopted and implemented. and protected areas established and managed among others. international straits and marine ecosystems in place. marine endangered species and biodiversity effectively protected.PEMSEA developed a functional framework to streamline regional. The CCF reflects the priorities of the current administration. and area specific institutional arrangements for environmental management of large gulfs. national and international environmental management efforts: Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA). economic growth and maintaining the health of human beings. and establishing the Foundation for Peace and Development. those relevant to aquaculture and other living aquatic resources include: aquatic food production safe for human consumption. ensuring environment sustainability. academe and other stakeholders to ensure that capacities are developed to effectively participate in various governance processes. The second GOP-UNDP country cooperation framework is founded on the broad strategies of the revised MTPDP and the overarching corporate goal to contribute to extreme poverty eradication through sustainable human development by: • • • • creating and enabling environment: poverty reduction through governance. reduction of vulnerability to natural hazards. The Second Country Cooperation Framework for the Philippines (CCF) outlines the agreement between the Government and UNDP that poverty alleviation shall be the core business of UNDP Philippines with governance intervention as the major means to achieve this goal. inland seas. media. In terms of outcomes. Cross cutting issues on human rights and gender are integrated into the framework. UNDP is using the SDS-SEA as a framework for Capacity 2015 implementation. forging operational linkages across national and regional programmes addressing issues such as poverty alleviation. It has evolved to provide a platform for: harmonizing relationships between the economy and the environment as related to the Seas of East Asia. empowerment of the poor. There are four programmes under the Portfolio on Ensuring Environmental Sustainability. private sector. intergovernmental and interproject partnerships for overcoming constraints to sustainable development of the region. The SDS-SEA is seen as an instrument that cuts across all sectors. We build on existing partnerships with national government agencies. not just the environment sector.

UNDP supports a number of biodiversity conservation programmes and projects. With the WEHAB framework. resource conservation. The strategy aims to offer approaches to address priority cross-sectoral issues and impacts on coastal and marine areas. EPIC uses eco-Industrial development approaches to foster environmental stewardship by industries and promotes environmental entrepreneurship and finance to encourage environmental investments and integration of environmental costs/considerations in the work of financial institutions. The process involves defining the policy environment and capacity building needs to implement such a framework and its corollary plans and programmes. UNDP supports a number of biodiversity conservation efforts. • Mainstreaming sustainable development (MSD) and Philippine Agenda 21 into national. Being an archipelagic state with a coastline of 33 900 km. Under the ENR programme various interventions related to aquaculture and marine resources management are undertaken. harmonization and enhancement of planning and development systems and processes in accordance with SD principles. freshwater and wetland ecosystems (GEF OP2) as well as international waters programmes and (IW OP). • Renewable energy. It promotes and institutionalizes Environmental Management Systems (EMS) related tools. . the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has embarked on the Development of a National Coastal and Marine Strategy with support from UNDP and PEMSEA.The ENR framework shall guide planning and implementation of interventions for the protection of the environment and sustainable development of natural resources. biodiversity conservation now becomes a UNDP corporate priority. poverty alleviation and better returns on investments for society in the coastal and marine areas. energy efficiency and climate change This portfolio promotes sustainable and renewable energy systems in off-grid communities in the rural areas and support energy efficiency programmes in the urban areas. improved governance. a large part of which cover coastal. environmental improvement. regional and local governance MSD programme uses a strategic and catalytic approach to capacity building. In the Philippines. It aims to institutionalize such systems and enhances processes at the national and local levels of governance. the Philippines has a large segment of its population concentrated in the coastal area. • Environmental programme for industry competitiveness (EPIC) EPIC aims to develop an internationally competitive Philippine industry sector. leading to reduced multiple-use conflicts. marine.

low-maintenance sanitation systems with a goal of reaching up to 1. . UNDP also supports promotion of renewable energy projects for off-grid rural communities.4 billion in productivity.Since Rio. To date. AECOM facilitates investments in decentralized sanitation systems for housing developments and commercial establishments such as hotels. The act calls for all sources of water pollution to be connected to a sewerage system by 2010. and recurrent damage to ecosystems and biodiversity which further hurts fish production and tourism industries. lack of sanitation poses an economic loss of US$1. public markets. Our strategy is to cultivate a demand for services at the local level. UNDP channelled over US$1. AECOM works toward implementing the Philippine Clean Water Act passed in 2004 to improve quality of life through protection of water resources. AECOM has assisted 300. Through USAID's Philippine Sanitation Alliance. (5) Ecosystem Services. Then WSSD boosted global attention to biodiversity as well as water. In addition to causing 55 premature deaths per day. urbanization and loose enforcement of environmental and health laws. and increasing their willingness to pay for services. The degradation is a direct cause of poor sanitation practices. sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion events across the Philippines.000 people to gain access to improved sanitation facilities. and slaughterhouses.but mostly from GEF. trained more than 1. Isarog. Philippine Sanitation Alliance (PSA) The Philippines is one of the world's most biologically rich countries. or for local government units and water districts to employ septage management systems to properly maintain septic tanks. (2) Conservation of the Bohol Marine Triangle with Foundation for the Philippine Environment. In the Philippines for example. but its natural ecosystems are increasingly under threat from rapid population growth. (3) other terrestrial-based biodiversity projects in SamarIsland. Biodiversity is key to poverty reduction and sustainable development: [from slide: Biodiversity as a key area in natural resources management. whereby septic tanks are properly desludged every 3-5 years.200.3 billion to developing countries in support of biodiversity efforts . (4) Reduced Vulnerability. nearly 33% of Filipinos do not have access to sanitary toilets and more than 90% of sewage generated is not properly treated. (2) Health Improvements. hospitals. energy etc] Biodiversity efforts of UNDP are very much linked into. (1) Food Security. UNDP support biodiversity conservation efforts in critical and globally significant coastal and marine ecosystems: (1) Conservation of the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and World Heritage Site with WWFPhilippines. restaurants. Zambales.000 people in environmental law and enforcement. allowing communities to participate in the design of their own treatment facilities.000 Filipinos in four years. This initiative is a Global Development Alliance (GDA) that engages the private sector and local governments in developing and implementing low-cost. Governance is also being strengthened to address threats to biodiversity through reduced wastewater discharge to coastal and freshwater ecosystems. and conducted numerous water. (3) Income Generation. Mt. as well as citywide septage management programs.

AFI's environmental arm. and • Urge the effective enforcement of relevant environmental policies and laws. . adequately rehabilitated. 1998. and sustainably developed environment.Bantay Kalikasan ABS-CBN Bantay Kalikasan is an organization established by ABS-CBN that promotes awareness in nature and advocates the preservation of the environment. • Raise public consciousness on environmental issues and concerns. To date. It is a media-based project supported by a multi-sector network of government agencies. private institutions. addressing environmental problems raised by its listeners. Bantay Kalikasan committed itself to undertake and catalyze initiatives by maximizing media resources to help ensure an actively protected. denudation of forests. It was launched to serve as a catalyst in addressing the concern over the worsening state of the Philippine environment characterized by air and water pollution. Originally. Bantay Kalikasan has the following projects: Save the La Mesa Watershed Project which consists of the La Mesa Eco-Park and La Mesa Nature Reserve. Bantay Langis. H2Hope. • Provide a venue for publicizing and addressing environmental issues. started on July 21. AdvocaSea and the most recent Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig and Magandang Pilipinas Eco Tourism. Its current objectives are as follows: • Develop and implement strategic environmental projects. Bantay Kalikasan (Nature Watch). Bantay Baterya. and non-government organizations. problems and similar concerns. Bantay Kalikasan started as a radio program in DZMM. irresponsible waste disposal and their lifethreatening effects.

(FAME Foundation) in partnership with the Department Of Environment And Natural Resources Region VII (DENR-VII). Currently in its first phase. Coastal Environmental Program . This is why for a minimum purchase made by buyers from a FAME Foundation member. A preferred source of white wood because they dye and shape with flawless precision. The areas to be covered by Go Green as proposed by the DENR Region VII are as follows: • • • Forest Management . However.helping rural communities through livelihood programs and skills training and education that can also support the fashion jewelry industry. Go Green Philippines was formally launched last October 2007 at the Manila FAME International Show in response to the need to preserve the natural environment. REVITALIZE nature and breathe new life to the communities. Go Green is FAME Foundation’s way of contributing to a sustainable environment and promoting corporate social responsibility in the industry. The remaining 134. or 18%. only 7. The DENR has set its target to increase the reforested area to 25. a mere 5%. The trees to be planted and cultivated are the wild mamalis (pangantoan) trees. these trees are heavily used by the fashion accessories industry. Go Green is seeking the support and involvement of the international community. REPLENISH what is used to use what has been replenished. It is an initiative of the Fashion Accessories Manufacturers And Exporters Foundation Philippines. The island of Cebu. buri propagation and bamboo planting. by 2015. An initiative of Cebu FAME Foundation. .protecting of coral reefs and establishing sea shell sanctuaries.560 hectares. the member will donate 100 trees to the project in the name of the buyer. Livelihood Projects . Go Green is focused on forest management. from which most of the raw materials used in the Philippine fashion accessories industry are sourced. Cebu FAME Foundation aims to contribute to this goal by covering 100 hectares with lush tree plantations through the Go Green program.900 hectares are currently barren.000 hectares. Go Green has a 3-fold objective: • • • RECYCLE natural components to ensure continuing natural sources.THE PROJECT Go Green is a sustainable environmental program to revitalize the Philippine ecosystem and sustain the Philippine fashion accessories industry. Inc. has a forestland of 142.planting of pangantuon (white wood) trees. is covered with vegetation. as well as other trees such as ipil (brownish wood) and sibucao (red wood) trees.100 hectares.

Philippine manufacturers and exporters are able to contribute to a sustainable environment and at the same time promote corporate social responsibility within the industry. With Go Green. From the raw materials to the finished products. Philippine grassroots communities are assured of a sustainable livelihood. And best of all. Now. Ever since the Philippine fashion accessory industry started back in the 1970s. upon which everyone is ultimately dependent upon. the Philippines is positioning itself to be Asia’s prime destination for green jewelry.THE RATIONALE The Philippines is positioned to be Asia’s prime destination for green jewelry. Cebu in particular is the primary source of most of these raw materials. the Go Green Philippines program was launched. . the Cebu FAME Foundation has identified the need to ensure the sustainability of the country’s natural resources. the industry has been promoting eco-friendly fashion. the buyers shall be given naming rights as well as the right to use the Go Green Philippines trademark for marketing collaterals. This distinction is reliant on the abundance of the Philippine ecosystem and the consequent availability of raw materials. it has been using natural and indigenous materials available throughout the archipelago. With Go Green. Buyers can be assured of non-diminishing and continuing sources of merchandise. Phase 1 To initially support the DENR Region VII reforestation program and cover 100 hectares by 2015 with the wild mamalis (pangantuon) trees heavily used by the fashion accessories industry as a primary source of white wood. These materials are sought after by the manufacturers and exporters of the fashion accessories industry. is preserved and renewed. As the industry continues to grow. with the growing popularity of green jewelry across the world. because they exhibit versatility in adapting to international fashion. and In return for the support of the industry’s foreign buyers. nature. especially those used by the industry. a multitude of benefits will be shared by the different industry players: • • • • The manufacturers and exporters are ensured of a continuous supply of materials for their products. Hence. Go Green Philippines ensures the sustainability of these resources and at the same time promotes social responsibility for its members.

Cebu City. Philippines Contact Go Green Philippines Secretariat Details Cebu FAME Foundation Costume Jewelry Center. the buyers will be taken on a special trip to the tree plantation currently being cultivated as a result of the program. by 2015. a fashion accessories and jewelry fair organized by the FAME Foundation. Philippines Telephone Nos. a mere 5%. In addition to project updates. from which most of the raw s materials used in the Philippine fashion accessories industry are sourced. +6332 2550851. Cebu. • Buyers can be assured of non-diminishing and continuing sources of merchandise. Event Go Green will be presented to the international Tie-In community at the upcoming Bijoux Cebu event. • And best of all. BenefitsThis advocacy has a multitude of benefits: • The manufacturers and exporters are ensured of a continuous supply of materials for their products. only 7. or 18%.560 hectares. However. • Philippine grassroots communities are assured of a sustainable livelihood. nature. DENR Region VII has set its target to increase the reforested area to 25.Statistic The island of Cebu. is preserved and renewed. is covered with vegetation. has a forestland of 142.100 hectares. Sudlon Lahug. 2550861 E-mail Address info@cebufame.000 hectares. upon which everyone is ultimately dependent upon. September 20-22.com.ph . The remaining 134. 2008 Event Dates Venue Shangri-la’s Mactan Island Resort And Spa.900 hectares are currently barren. Cebu FAME Foundation aims to contribute to this goal by covering 100 hectares with lush tree plantations through the Go Green program.

primarily to South and Southeast Asia. 2002. 2001) 4.al): 1. Only 20-25% of 15.Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF) PTFCF was established under two bilateral agreements between the governments of the United States (US) of America and the Republic of the Philippines (RP) under the US Tropical Forest Conservation Act.5 million USG appropriate to treat $41. Vegetation structure . Soils. position of flowers and fruits on the trees We envision lush and biologically diverse Philippine forests that are sustainably managed and equitably accessible to responsible stakeholders. In 1985. There are 45-50 Dipterocarp species. nature of leaves. 5. catalyzing local and national actions for their sustainable management. FAST FACTS 1. The 13 out of 16 genera and 470 out of 510 species of Dipterocarp are largely restricted to Asia. Elevation 2. two representatives of the RP.height of trees.5 million in RP-US debt and divert $8. 47% are endemic or found only in the Philippines and nowhere else in the world (Ashton 1982) 3. leveraged a $5. to the Tropical Forest Conservation Fund. There are 12 forest types in the Philippines grouped according to the ff (Fernandoet. These agreements. . deciduous and evergreen character of foliage. In the spirit of service and stewardship: Improve the status of Philippine forests by working with communities.5M ha) of the total land area (Forestry Statistics 2002). as a collective responsibility for the greater good. Physiognomy . Soil Water.9M ha of public forest and forest lands are under some kind of effective forest and forest land management (Guiang. Main physical characteristics of their habitat. signed on September 19. Localities. epiphytes 3. dipterocarp forests were estimated at 31% of the country’s total land area (The Committee on Forestry 1985) while the latest available forestry statistics in 1997 estimated it at only 12% (3.25 million in pesodenominated interest payments over 14 years. The Fund is administered by an NGO-led Board comprising five representatives of the nongovernmental sector appointed by the RP.Climate. Deforestation continues at an average of 100. two representatives of the US. crown shape.000 ha per year or 273 ha per day 2. 6. crown stratification.buttressing. vines. presence and absence of lianas.

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