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3-day national forestry gab tackles climate change adaption

Butuan City (1 June) -- Some 120 forestry officers nationwide, together with the Undersecretaries of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), will hold a 3-day national forestry sector consultation workshop in Southern Philippines beginning June 1, to tackle climate change adaption and mitigation strategies.

The top forestry officials will also discuss and strengthen other forestry laws, rules and regulations, environment preservation and forest protection to combat global warming.

"This is a big event wherein concern of planet Earth is the major topic during the three-day affair," said Southern Mindanao DENR regional executive director (RED) Jim O. Sampulna, the host region of the 3-day confab to be held at the Waterfront Insular Hotel, in Davao City.

Leading the top officials during the event is Environment Secretary Horacio C. Ramos, said RED Sampulna.

The workshop also aims to discuss the significant roles of the forestry sector in promoting sustainable natural resources development in the country, discuss the thrusts and directions of the forestry sector vis-ā-vis the National Framework Strategy on Climate change, analyze the proposed organizational structure of Forest Management Bureau (FMB) and the recent forestry policies in relation to field operations, and to provide a general assessment on the implementation of the Master Plan for Forestry Development.

Meanwhile, Ramos said that using participatory approach in the discussion and open forum activities, the workshop participants are expected to update mitigation and adaptation strategies to address climate change impacts for incorporation in the review of the Forestry Master Plan and draft FMB organizational set-up with appropriate functions that will be responsive to current and emerging demands in forestry in the country.

"The workshop is a timely event as this will pave the way to enhance and affirm the needed policies, structures and strategies required to address the present challenges, thrusts and priorities in the line with the current global and local demands in forestry", said Ramos.

Sampulna expressed optimism that the workshop would be successful, given the enthusiasm and dedication of all the participants.

Other DENR regional officials will also participate in the 3-day workshop. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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