MANILA - Two environmental projects in the Philippines will receive a total of P720 million in grants from the German government.
Environment Secretary Ramon Paje and German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) Regional Director Philippines and the Pacific Robert Kressirer signed the agreements for the National REDD+ System Philippines and the Protected Area Management Enhancement in the Philippines (PAME) on Wednesday.
“These projects support our commitments under various international environmental and multilateral agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Coral Triangle Initiative,” Paje said.
The projects, which will be funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through the GIZ, will be operational until 2017.
The National REDD+ System Philippines seeks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from natural and human causes. REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.
The project will benefit people in the upland communities dependent on forest products and other natural resources for livelihood. The total grant for the project is P270 million (€5.3 million) and will be implemented until April 2017 in the Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions.
PAME, on the other hand, will get P450 million (€9 million) and will be carried out nationwide until March 2017 to ensure proper management of 60 existing protected areas by improving the technical competencies and capacities of staff of the DENR’s Protected Area and Wildlife Bureau.
The PAME project seeks to establish at least 100 new terrestrial and marine parks in selected key biodiversity areas or sites considered “internationally important” for biodiversity conservation by identified stakeholders.
Paje said this is “essential to improving protection of our biodiversity, generate income for affected communities, and ensure food security for all Filipinos.”