ERDB Newsletter - Department of Environment and Natural erdb.denr.gov.ph/files/publications/erdb/e_v4n3.pdf2016-09-19International Network on Bamboo and Rattan ... Project Director of the ITTO-Philippine Rattan Project ... the Copenhagen Report and the National Framework

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<ul><li><p>ERDB NewsletterVol. 4 No. 3 July - September 2010</p><p>DENR</p><p>Directors Engagements</p><p>INSIDE: n 3 Climate Change Adaptation in the ENR agenda n 3 ASEAN experts converge on herbal and medicinal plants n 4 SYLVATROP conducts 3rd Writeshop n 5 ERDB sponsors Intellectual Property Rights Seminar n 6 ERDB joins Baamos Festival 2010 n 6 Youth Desk Officers Workshop held in Koronadal City n 7 LBSCFI inducts 2010 officers n 8 4th International Conference of ARSA held in Legaspi City n 9 ERDB personnel attend MGB GADFPS seminar n 10 FORESPI announces Search for 2010 Outstanding Scientist/Researcher Awards n 10 ERDB launches 2 new books on rattan</p><p>New RDE agenda crafted at 2nd DENR Research MANCON</p><p>Regional Rattan Conference held at Dusit Hotel</p><p>July 20101 &amp; 2 - REDD+ Workshop, Innotech, Quezon City6 - Resource Person, DZLB, UPLB26-30 - ASEANSeniorOfficials-ASEANExpertsGroup(ASOF-AEG) Conference,ManilaPeninsulaAugust 20101-7- EstablishmentAgreement(EA)of theASEANCentre forBiodiversity(ACB),Hanoi,Vietnam17-18- ClimateChangeForum,HeritageHotel19-20- MANCON-ResearchSector,HeritageHotel24- RoundTableDiscussionASEANClimateChangeInitiativeand PolicyDialogue,DFA,Manila27-Sept.1-RattanRegionalConference,DusitThaniHotelSeptember 20102-3 - MeetingwithSec.PajeandDTISec.withDr.CoosjeHoogendoorn DGof INBARre:Phil.TradeBasedAgreementtoINBAR10 - RoundTableDiscussion/Speaker/Moderator/Reactoron ASEANClimateChangeInitiative(ACCI)14-21&amp;22Deliberationof BudgetforCY2011</p><p>Participants of the 2nd DENR Research Sector Management Conference held on August 19-20, 2010 at the Heritage Hotel, Pasay City. </p><p>Participants of the Regional Rattan Conference held on August 29 to September 1, 2010 at Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Centre, Makati City. Front row (from left) former ERDB Director Celso P. Diaz; Mr. Eriberto C. Argete, DENR Director for Planning and Policy; Mr. Li Qiang, ITTO representative; Dr. Coosje Hoogendoorn, Director General of INBAR; USEC Manuel D. Gerochi, DENR Undersecretary for Staff Bureaus and Project Management; ERDB Director Marcial C. Amaro, Jr., Project Director of ITTO Rattan Project; Dr. Aida B. Lapis, Deputy Project Director of ITTO Rattan Project; and Dr. John Dransfield, Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.</p><p>The Regional Rattan Conference was held on August 29 to September 1, 2010 at Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Centre, Makati City, Philippines. It was organized by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) in collaboration with the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) and the University of the Philippines Los Baos College of Forestry and Natural Resources (UPLBCFNR). This activity was co-sponsored by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), International Network on Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) and the Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI). </p><p>When everyone is in a hurry, we need to keep up with their pace, lest we will be left behind - this was the tip of ERDB Director Marcial C. Amaro, Jr.s message as he urged the participants of the 2nd DENR Research Sector </p><p>Management Conference (MANCON) held on August 19-20, 2010 at the Heritage Hotel, Pasay City. Seventy-three (73) participants representing 15 DENR Regional offices, ERDB personnel and those coming from other DENR sectors.</p><p>In his welcome remarks, Dir. Amaro said that the highest priority of research is to draft the new RDE Agenda for </p><p>The regional conference was the culminating activity of the ITTO-Philippines-ASEAN Rattan Project. It aimed to provide a venue for sharing successful strategies especially on pilot demonstration establishment involving communities, villages and government agencies; and present and discuss the outputs of the eight (8) research studies under the Rattan </p><p> nextpage</p><p> nextpage</p></li><li><p>2</p><p>ERDB News</p><p>Vol. 4 No. 3</p><p>New RDE agenda ... from page 1</p><p>Research Grant Program (RRGP) of this project and the research gaps and other researchable areas on rattan production aspects and utilization technologies. Moreover, it provided the opportunity in presenting the strengths and weaknesses in the project implementation, insights and experiences. </p><p>The conference was attended by 36 participants composed of the following: ASEAN Contact Persons and Project Leaders coming from five (5) ASEAN member countries broken down as follows: 2 participants from Indonesia, 1 each from Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand, and 6 from the host, Philippines; Project Steering Committee (PSC) Members; resource and guest speakers; and project staff.</p><p>The resource persons were composed of Dr. John Dransfield, an Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Dr. Florentino O. Tesoro, Technical Consultant of the ITTO-Philippines-ASEAN Rattan Project. Their topics discussed were How many rattans are there? and Rattan RDE Directions for the Next Decade, respectively. </p><p>Regional Rattan ... from page 1</p><p>DENR Undersecretary Manuel D. Gerochi (third from left) hands over the plaque of appreciation to Dr. Coosje Hoogendoorn, Director General of INBAR and Mr. Li Qiang, ITTO representative. Also in photo is ERDB Director Marcial C. Amaro, Jr. (rightmost).</p><p>Gracing the opening activity of the training were Hon. Manuel D. Gerochi, Undersecretary for Staff Bureaus and Project Management of the DENR; Dr. Coosje Hoogendoorn, Director General of INBAR; and Mr. Li Qiang, ITTO representative. The rationale of the conference was discussed by Dr. Aida B. Lapis, Deputy Project Director of the ITTO-Philippine Rattan Project while Dr. Armando M. Palijon presented the composition of the participants. </p><p>The highlights of the conference included the presentations of the following: country reports on the pilot demonstration establishment by the respective ASEAN </p><p>Contact Persons; results and outputs of the researches conducted under the RRGP by the respective Project Leaders; Experiences in the Establishment of Rattan Pilot Demonstration in Southeast Asia; an Assessment Report of the ITTO-Philippines-ASEAN Rattan Project; discussion of the sustainability of the project through the concept proposal titled Small-hold Rattan-based Enterprise Development in Asia and the Pacific; and the declaration of commitment of the Participating SEA Member Countries on Sustainability of Rattans in the Region 2010 which was signed by rattan scientists, professionals and practitioners.</p><p>Another highlight of the conference was the launching of the books on rattan namely: A Field Guide to Philippine Rattans and The ASEAN Rattans authored by Dr. Lapis and Dir. Amaro, respectively. The Rattan ASEAN database was also presented during the conference. Project Management Team, ITTO-Philippines - ASEAN Rattan Project</p><p>2011-2016. He also recalled USEC Gerochis previous statement that research results generated should benefit humanity.</p><p>Director Amaro presented the Research Sectors Thrust for 2011-2016 based on the draft NRDPP on ENR and the DENR Framework for 2011-2016. </p><p>The Director also showed the relationship of the DENR Secretarys 6-point Reform Agenda of the DENR on: 1) Clean air, 2) Clean water and address the garbage problem, 3) Productive management of forestlands, 4) Climate change mitigation, adaptation and anticipation, 5) Protection of marine resources and 6) Anti-corruption.</p><p>In his discussion, the Research Sectors Thrust is two-pronged: Environment and Natural Resources. For the Environment the following were identified: 1) Management and disposal of solid waste (including toxic and hazardous waste; 2) Treating liquid waste to improve water quality; and 3) Improving air quality and controlling air pollutants. </p><p>For the Natural Resources, the thrusts were as follows: 1) Forest production; 2) Land conservation and management, allocation and valuation; 3) Management of freshwater and improve its productivity; 4) Conservation and management of marine and coastal resources; 5) Improved mining and rehabilitation of mined-out/degraded Areas; 6) Conservation of biodiversity through effective management of protected areas; and 7) Climate change mitigation and adaptation. </p><p>For each RDE item, the following impacts were envisioned: sustainable management of resources for the benefit of the common tao; provide livelihood and address poverty reduction.</p><p> page5</p></li><li><p>3</p><p>ERDB News</p><p>Vol. 4 No. 3</p><p>The struggle against the widespread issue on climate change is now under the control of the environment sector of the society. </p><p>The leadership of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), the research arm of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), conducted a Forum cum Workshop on Research, Development and Extension (RDE) on Climate Change Adaptation last August 17-18, 2010 at the Heritage Hotel, Pasay City. </p><p>Headed by ERDB Director Marcial C. Amaro, Jr., the forum-workshop is a joint collaborative endeavor of the ERDB and the DENR-German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)-assisted Project Adaptation to Climate Change and Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCBio) thru the Foreign Assisted Special Projects Office of the DENR. Director Amaro noted that through this workshop, we can chisel out a better defined role of Research that will firm up thrusts in addressing climate change issues through science-based approaches appropriate to various ecosystems.</p><p>The agendas focus was on adaptation, the anchor strategy where mitigation concerns are included. This was patterned after the National Framework Strategy on Climate Change 2010-2022. </p><p>Climate Change Adaptation in the ENR agenda</p><p>During the forum-workshop, Director Amaro of ERDB gave the welcome remarks while Hon. Heherson T. Alvarez, Vice Chair of the Climate Change Commission presented the Copenhagen Report and the National Framework Strategy for Climate Change. On the topic Climate Change Adaptation: R &amp; D Issues, Dr. Rodel D. Lasco, Philippine Programme Coordinator of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) presented the paper Lessons Learned on CCA Practices and Experience in the Philippines. </p><p>Furthermore, Dr. Diomedis A. Racelis, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of UPLB-CFNR discussed the paper Utilization of Natural Resources for CCA (Climate Change Adaptation). Ms. Mayumi Quintos of the Forest Management Bureau tackled the topic Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) in Developing Countries. </p><p>In addition, Dr. Honorato G. Palis, Program Leader of the ERDB Banner Program on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation presented the REDD+ R &amp; D Programs in the Philippines. </p><p>The topic on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) was discussed by Dir. Juan Miguel T. Cuna, Director of the Environmental Management Bureau of the DENR and CDM Secretariat. Dr. Lelila C. America, Acting Director of FERD, PCARRD-DOST talked about the topic PCARRD-</p><p> nextpage</p><p>ASEAN experts converge on herbal and medicinal plants </p><p>The Thirteenth Meeting of the ASEAN Experts Group (AEG) on Herbal and Medicinal Plants was held on 26 27 July 2010 at The Peninsula in Makati City, Philippines.</p><p>The meeting was attended by delegates from ASEAN Nations composed of: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and the ASEAN Secretariat. A representative from the Republic of Korea was also present as an observer.</p><p>Mr. Marlo D. Mendoza, Director of the Forest Management Bureau (FMB), DENR delivered the welcome remarks. In his speech, he welcomed all the delegates of the meeting and noted that ASEAN regional cooperation becomes more imperative due to the increasing challenges confronting the forestry sector on a regional and global level. He also highlighted the important key issues under ASEAN cooperation in forestry which include Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and conservation of natural </p><p>resources. He likewise underlined the importance of the spirit of ASEAN unity in strengthening cooperation in forestry sector. </p><p>Dr. Graciano P. Yumul, Jr., Undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines delivered the opening remarks. He expressed his appreciation to all distinguished high-level and senior officials of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Ministry of Forestry and other relevant international forestry agencies for the active participation in the 13th ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry (ASOF) and its related meetings. He hoped that the AEG Meetings will be enjoyable and will have a productive output to strengthen ASEAN cooperation in the forestry sector. He also wished that through a better cooperation and understanding among ASEAN Member States (AMS), the regional block will synergize towards developing its forest products resources, building its knowledge capacity and exploiting innovation gains to become competitive in the global market.</p><p>Mr. Demetrio L. Ignacio, Jr., Undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines delivered the keynote speech. He recalled that the forests provide a variety of economic, </p><p> page9</p></li><li><p>4</p><p>ERDB News</p><p>Vol. 4 No. 3</p><p>Climate Change Adaptation ... from page 3</p><p>SYLVATROP conducts 3rd Writeshop </p><p>The Sylvatrop Editorial Board (SEB) through its Official Representatives composed of FMB, EMB, LMB, ERDB, MGB, PAWB, LLDA, NAMRIA, OSEC and DENR-HRDS conducted its 3rd Sylvatrop Writeshop on August 31 to September 4, 2010 at the Hotel Dominique in Tagaytay City.</p><p>The objective of the writeshop was to generate articles for publication in the future issues of the Sylvatrop Journal (2011 and beyond). The writeshop was intended for the DENR personnel who needed time and proper venue to prepare the articles for the journal. There were nineteen (19) technical writers from the DENR Bureaus, attached agencies and offices who partipated in the </p><p>Participants of the 3rd Sylvatrop Writeshop held on August 31 to September 4, 2010 at the Hotel Dominique in Tagaytay City.</p><p>writeshop. Among them are five (5) writers from the DENR Regional Office (three (3) from ERDS Region 6 and two from the ERDS Region 8). Also present were the official representatives of the Board and editorial </p><p>staff who served as Advisers and Secretariat in the said activity.</p><p>The activity was formally opened by the SEB Chair and concurrent ERDB OIC Assistant Director, Forester Levi V. Florido and the Vice Chair and Deputy Director of the Remote Sensing Department of the National Mapping and Resource I n f o r m a t i o n A u t h o r i t y ( N A M R I A ) , Dir. Jose C. Cabanayan, Jr.</p><p>The opening program was followed by a Review of the Basic Statistical Concepts and Some Applications to ENR Research Analysis by Dr. Leuvina M. Tandug. The purpose of the lecture was to provide a framework for the discussion of the statistical theory and methods which can be used in the preparation and implementation of R &amp; D project/studies on environment and natural resources (ENR).</p><p>The next day was devoted to the lecture Part I - Writin...</p></li></ul>

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