By Johny S. Natad
Surigao City, February 18 – During the 6th LMDA Expanded Technical Working Group (ETWG) meeting held on Monday at Philippine Gateway Hotel, this city, the Lake Mainit Development Alliance (LMDA) recently revealed accomplishments on its Partnerships for Biodiversity Conservation: Mainstreaming in Local Agricultural Landscapes otherwise known as the Biodiversity Partnerships Projects (BPP) second year implementation.
In his presentation to ETWG, Mr. Omar Barillo, the LMDA-BPP project coordinator bared the 2013 target deliverables and its achievements particularly on the mainstreaming of biodiversity-friendly projects programs and policies in local government units (LGUs) within Lake Mainit influence area.
He bared that all LGUs have received necessary trainings/workshops and there are seven out of 8 LGUs having Biodiversity Responsive Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs).
The project also conducted biodiversity mainstreaming in the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) in the Municipality of Tubod, Surigao del Norte as the pilot area among LGUs within Lake Mainit Key Biodiversity Area (LMKBA) which was done on December 12-13, 2013 and February 12-14, 2014 while the third phase of the training process will be set on March this year.
Barillo said that the “Local Project Site Committee (LPSC) is operational. The LPSC is also known as the Expanded Technical Working Group (ETWG) of LMDA”.
In terms of data and knowledge management, Barillo bared that at least six workshops were conducted in the transboundary planning. The workshop output aims to update and enhance LMDA Environmental Management Plan (EMP).
As part of the project deliverables, the LMDA also maintained website blogs; conducted a documentation on LM- Unified Fishery Ordinance implementation and level of attainment; conducted two (2) Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting; and attended four (4) Inter-Agency Technical Working Group (IATWG) meeting, two (2) workshops and a Mid-Year end Assessment.
Barillo added that the project has conducted conservation awareness on biodiversity conservation in Lake Mainit KBA documented. There were already two (2) local conservation areas delineated and been lobbied with the Sangguniang Bayan of Alegria, Surigao del Norte and Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte for deliberation at the different committees.
Meanwhile, the MS-Center for Optimal Research and Development (MS-CORD) has completed the biodiversity assessment in four Agusan del Norte municipalities. Another biodiversity assessment to Surigao del Norte municipalities will be conducted this year. (JSN/LMDA)