Left photo: Field orientation prior to data collection Right photo: Primary data collection for workshop/data analysis

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau-Watershed and Water Resources Research Development and Extension Center (ERDB-WWRRDEC) rendered technical assistance in the conduct of orientation and workshop on resource valuation.

The activity was in response to the request letter from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer of CENRO Baguio, DENR-CAR,  Engr. Leandro L. de Jesus requesting technical assistance in the conduct of orientation/workshop on resource valuation for the Lower Agno Watershed Forest Reserve (LAWFR.

Sixteen (16) participants were convened at the Lawer Agno Watershed Forest Reserve Office, Itogon, Benguet on May 16-19,2023.

The activity was done to capacitate the personnel of the LAWFR-protected area on resource valuation to provide science-based information and recommendations for the protection and management of natural resources.

Three (3) WWRRDEC staff namely: Janice Otana, Glady Mae V. Vijandre, and Winston P. Manongyao served as the resource speakers and facilitators of the activity.

The topics that were discussed include the importance of accounting and valuation, introduction to natural resource accounting, valuation of ecosystem goods and services, forest resource account, land resource account, and water resource account.

The team also conducted field demonstrations within the Lower Agno Watershed Forest Reserve (LAWFR) on how to gather data on timber, land, and water.

After this, a workshop on the step-by-step process of how to analyze the data per resource account for timber, land, and water was facilitated by the WWRRDEC staff.

Each group presented their outputs followed by recommendations and suggestions given by the facilitators.

Accounting and valuation are conducted to generate science-based data that are credible, useful, and reliable for policy and decision-making in the management of natural resources. Janice Otana, WWRRDEC