To uphold environmental sustainability in Nueva Vizcaya, the provincial environment and natural resources (PENR) office through the Forestland Management Project (FMP) Coordinating Office conducted today a partnership forum on sustainable forest and watershed management.
The forum was participated in by 35 People’s Organizations (POs) under FMP and stakeholders from the local government units, academe, non-government organizations, and other institutions.
Marking the 10th year of FMP implementation, PENR Officer Giovannie Magat said the forum aims to showcase the gains of the project in social, environmental, and economic aspects.
In her message, DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan thanked the POs and partners for their contribution in the successful implementation of FMP in the province.
“Under FMP, we have established 25,000 hectares agroforestry and forest plantations. "We encourage the POs to continue enhancing these areas so that the expected results of the project will be fully realized,” said Director Bambalan.
She said the plantations developed will eventually increase the province’s forest cover and will serve as mitigating measure to combat the effects of climate change.
“Let us all work together for the conservation of the watershed which is a great source of life and biodiversity,” Dr. Bambalan added as she appealed to the POs to not just plant but to grow trees.
Aside from the established plantations, 33 agroforestry support facilities (ASFs) were constructed under FMP and were turned over to LGUs in the province. Four additional ASFs will be completed this year.
For his part, FMP Project Manager Marlon Atienza encouraged the POs to keep working for the sustainability of the project for lifelong communal benefits.
Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Assistant Director Ma. Sabrina Cruz commended the POs whose focus is improving lives while ensuring environmental sustainability. “If you have project proposals, we will give you funding support upon assessment of your proposal,” she added.
In the forum, PO representatives presented their good practices in comprehensive site and enterprise development.
The participants were also trained on improving the quality of their forest and plantation establishments.#