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Training Workshop on Principles and Methods for Monitoring Landscape Function and Biodiversity Trends for Co-Located Forestry and Mining Projects in the Philippines
Posted: 2012-11-22 05:58:31

Two trainings were held on the Principles and Method for Monitoring Landscape Function on October 16-20, 2012 for the Visayas and Mindanao group and November 6-10, 2012 for the Luzon group of participants.

On October 16-20, 2012, seventeen (17) participants from the Environmental Management Bureau Regional Offices 7-13; Parks and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Offices 9-13; Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS) Regions 8-10 and the Forest Management Service (FMS) Region 11, participated in the 5-day training.

From November 6-10, 2012, twenty three (23) participants from the Environmental Management Bureau Regional Offices 1-3, 4A, 4B and CAR; Parks and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Offices, Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS) Regions 2, 3, 4B; one (1) from Forest Management Bureau (FMB), one (1) from Parks and Wildlife Bureau, two (2) from the Nueva Viscaya State University (NVSU) and three (3) from UPLB.

The first training workshop was held in Seafarer Inn, Surigao City and the second training was held in Sitio Lucia Resort, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.

The two trainings were conducted by ERDB in collaboration with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Forest Management Bureau (FMB), UP Los Baños and with the support of the Australian Government (AusAID) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).

The main objective of the training - workshops was to enhance the knowledge of participants and facilitate the application of principles on Landscape Function Analysis.

The trainings covered the following topics: Theory and Concept of Landscape Function Analysis, Landscape Function Analysis Procedures and Processes, Data Entry, Analysis and Interpretation. There were also Field Exercises on Landscape Function Analysis at the nearest rehabilitated mined-out area in Holcim Philippines, Norzagaray, Bulacan, Soil Surface Assessment, Wandering Quarter and Point Centered Quarter (PCQ) Sampling Methods.

Resource speakers included Dr. Enrique l. Tolentino, Jr., Professor of the UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources and For. Paul Cuadra, Research Specialist II of ERDB.

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