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Govt asks LGUs to conserve biodiversity sites

By Othel V. Campos | Posted on Dec. 25, 2012 at 12:01am
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The Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau asked local government units to participate in the Biodiversity Partnerships Project in drawing up policies that will protect endangered or critical species in their areas.
“Before the program expires by 2016, local government units should be able to create ordinances that will protect the agriculture landscapes and tourism spots in the country,” PAWB director Theresa Mundita Lim said in an interview.
The six-year program is funded by a $4.5-million grant from the Global Environmental Facility with supplementary funding of $300,000 from the United Nations Development Programme as well as local government counterpart of $12.8 million.
Lim said her agency would only guide the LGUs in creating a biodiversity profile in every city or municipal development agenda by creating a model for the land-use plan.
“We will continue to remind them of our international commitments to the Millennium Development Goal and other international protocols. That way they will include these agenda in their development blueprint,” she said.
The multi-sectoral partnership involving government agencies and local government units aims to demonstrate how LGUs can plan and manage economic activities and growth in ways that meet landscape-level biodiversity conservation and sustainable developments.
The partnership was created to enable local government units to build their knowledge and capacity in biodiversity impact assessment.
This would include the integration of biodiversity conservation in the local land use and development planning, including strengthening the enforcement of wildlife trade regulations, to prevent poaching and trading of endangered or critical species.
The program also seeks to strengthen partnerships between the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board; the Agriculture, Local Government and Trade Departments; non-government organizations; as well as the Leagues of Provinces, Cities and Municipalities.

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