Strengthening Coordination for Effective Environmental Management Project (STREEM)
What is the project about?
The STREEM Project aims to strengthen coordination among the focal point agencies (FPAs) of the three multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) collectively known as the Rio Conventions. This include:
- Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), as the focal point agency for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD);
- Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Climate Change Commission (CCC), as the former and current focal point agency, respectively, for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and
- Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), as the focal point agency for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (UNCCD).
The Project is expected to develop tools and mechanisms that would improve the coordination of national Rio Conventions stakeholders in terms of preparation and implementation of related policies, program and project activities. Additionally, it aims to develop tools that would ensure that the local and national stakeholders are addressing key global environmental issues in the pilot site and around the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) in a coordinated manner.
What have we accomplished so far?
The Committee on the Conservation and Management of Resources for Development (CCMRD) under the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) was reactivated, and its members reconstituted, to serve as the National Technical Coordinating Committee (NTCC) for Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). The reconstituted CCMRD has four Subcommittees, namely: (1) Biodiversity; (2) Atmosphere; (3) Land Resources; and (4) Water Resources.
The committee is supported by a Business Plan and an online portal integrating the websites of PAWB, CCC, and BSWM, also known as the Philippine MEA portal website. Sustainability of these tools is ensured under the leadership of the Undersecretary for Policy and Planning of the Department, who also serves as the Chair of the CCMRD. The logistical and budget support for the operationalization of the CCMRD Business Plan and the sustainability of the Philippine MEA portal website is made possible under the Planning and Policy Studies Office (PPSO) of the Department, which serves as the Secretariat of the CCMRD. With the support from the principals of these two offices, a total of Php1 million (approximately USD22,999) has been allotted for CCMRD operations in 2012.
The CCMRD Business Plan outlines the overall vision, mission, goal and objectives of the committee. It also defines the CCMRD functions and roles and its sub-committees, including the internal rules of the Committee. This document was instrumental in the establishment of formal interagency committee to discuss UNCBD, UNFCCC and UNCCD concerns. For instance, the Subcommittees on Land Resources and Water Resources being chaired by BSWM is now actively taking the lead in the preparation of the country paper position for the UNCCD. This is in addition to its regular role of discussing land degradation and water-related issues.
The Subcommittee on Biodiversity under PAWB, on the other hand, has long been active in discussing UNCBD matters even prior to the reactivation of the CCMRD. Its active engagement has created a positive influence to other focal point agencies to utilize their respective sub-committees for MEA matters.
In addition, the STREEM project has successfully developed a framework for the bottom-up approach to mainstream the Rio Conventions at the local development planning process. This has been piloted in the four barangays (communities) within the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP). Through the capacity building activities provided by the project, members of the Local Development Councils (LDC) of Puerto Princesa City and PPSRNP staff have become knowledgeable on MEA, and have begun to infuse its thematic concepts and issues in local development planning process. The interconnection among the biodiversity loss, land degradation and climate change issues was particularly highlighted in these capacity building activities for local officials.
The project’s pilot barangays (i.e., Tagabinet, Marufinas, New Panggangan and Cabayugan), were able to develop Barangay Investment Plans (BIPs) stipulating proposed strategies that address biodiversity loss, land degradation and climate change concerns in synergy. Among the strategies proposed were the establishment of sea wall or water breakers, mangrove rehabilitation, reforestation, livelihood trainings and others. These BIPs were adopted by the barangays in their existing Barangay Development Plans (BDPs) through a Barangay Resolution. Financial support to implement their BDPs were augmented by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), which gave each barangays Php500,000.
The experience in the project pilot sites was captured in an operations manual in mainstreaming MEAs in the local development planning process with an accompanying facilitators’ handbook to guide government personnel to facilitate incorporation of MEA concerns in the respective Barangay Development Plans (BDP) of local government units.
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