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Council finds wisdom to revive Lopez-era resource co-mgmt project.

The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) is reviving its bid to implement an integrated natural resource management project to enhance, protect and regenerate Palawan's natural treasures within a period of 10 years.

The 'Palawan Integrated Natural Resources Management Project,' which includes a comanagement agreement between the PCSD led by the Provincial Government of Palawan and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources signed by then-Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez, was put on hold in May 2017 after the Commission on Appointments rejected Lopez's appointment to the DENR.

Interviewed by the BusinessMirror during a media tour organized by USAID for its Protect Wildlife Project in Palawan, PCSD Executive Director Nelson Devanadera said he is set to meet with DENR officials and has met with DENR Undersecretary Rodolfo Garcia to kick off exploratory talks that would lead to the proposed project's revival and implementation.

This was confirmed by DENR Assistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus and newly appointed Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Ricardo L. Calderon in a telephone interview.

'We will sit down with PCSD to talk about the details of the project,' Calderon said. The Palawan Integrate Natural Resources Management Project was crafted by Devanadera, a former BMB assistant director along with Calderon who once held the position of Forest Management Bureau chief and national coordinator of the National Greening Program.

Under the proposed project, a total of 34,200 hectares is earmarked for reforestation, with around 30,000 hectares for enrichment planting and for production forests, plus around 4,200 hectares of mangrove forests.

The project will require a P25.4-billion budget for 10 years, with the bulk of the proposed budget allocated for revegetation, housing and settlement, and livelihood and employment generation.

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:May 27, 2019
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