|Third National Protected Area Management Boards Summit|
|Monday, 23 July 2012 16:30|
The Third National Protected Area Management Boards Summit was recently concluded last 28-29 June 2012 at Torre Venezia Hotel, Quezon City thru the partnership of DENR-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau and Tanggol Kalikasan. This year’s National PAMB Summit is in conjunction with the International Day of Biological Diversity and PAWB’s 25th Anniversary. The two day-Summit was attended by more or less 150 participants consisting of members and chairpersons of the Management Boards of several protected areas.
The 3rd National PAMB Summit focused on resources generation and financial sustainability of protected areas with the theme “Sustaining the Management of Protected Areas for Biodiversity Conservation”. The Summit was held through a series of presentations to provide better understanding and appreciation on the various initiatives on the generation, mobilization and management of financial resources for the protected areas. The participants had the opportunity to clarify some issues and concerns as well as to share their views and insights on the Integrated Protected Area Fund (IPAF) System, Payment for Environmental Services (PES) and other funding mechanisms. Some Protected Area Superintendents (PASUs) were also able to share their best practices on their respective protected areas.
A focus group discussion was also undertaken on the 2nd day of the Summit specifically for the PASus to assess their training needs. Simultaneously, commitments during the 1st and 2nd National PAMB Summit have been reviewed together with the NGOs, POs and LGUs to reaffirm commitments and plan for the next steps or priority actions for the next 5 years. The Summit has been also a venue for the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, a Non Government Organization, to present themselves to the REDs and RTDs of PAWCZMS and agreed to work hand-in-hand in the conservation and protection of the country’s protected areas through the implementation of the National Greening Program. There were also discussions on the results of the Management Effectiveness Assessment of selected Marine Protected Areas in the Philippines.
The First Protected Area Award System for Outstanding Protected Areas and PASus was also launched during the Summit to recognize best performing protected areas in the country.
At the end of the Summit, the participants came up with a Resolution endorsing amendment to Section 16 of the NIPAS Act to provide for the automatic retention on site of seventy-five (75%) of the IPAF for the specific use of the concerned protected area.