|Forest and Climate Protection Project in Panay|
Panay, an island in the Western Visayas, ranks sixth in size among the Philippines 7,000+ islands. The primary forest of the central mountain range on the Island is a carbon pool, or has the most capacity to accumulate or release carbon within the region. It is also the basin for several rivers and a refuge for animal species found nowhere else in the world but only in Panay, such as the Dulugan Hornbill. The lack of protection of the forest area and unsustainable use of natural resources threaten the area’s biodiversity, the productivity of forest services and stability for local communities- for the forest is both a source of livelihood and their lifeline.
The German Ministry for Environment (BMU), under its International Climate Protection Initiative, has funded “Forest and Climate Protection Project in Panay” a project that is implemented from July 2010 up to May 2014 with the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) of DENR as the implementing agency.
The Project aims at 1) conservation of the last remaining larger block of natural forest with globally important biodiversity on Panay Island and 2) sustainable use of natural resources by local communities in the buffer zone. The project will implement activities towards conservation of forests in the Panay Mountain Range with an integrated conservation and development approach. REDD+ pilot measures will be conducted in close cooperation with the BMU-funded project ‘Climate-relevant Modernization of the National Forest Policy and Piloting of REDD’ with a focus on biodiversity conservation and improving livelihoods.
Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
28 PDCP Bank Center
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Salcedo Village, Makati City