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SEARCA-ASRF supports FMB-DENR in documenting successful Benefit-Sharing Mechanisms of CBFM-POs in the Philippines

Published on 2 April 2019 by Xyrus Godfrey B. Capiña KC3 News

The Technical Working Group during one of the project meetings.The Technical Working Group during one of the project meetings.QUEZON CITY, Philippines. The Forest Management Bureau (FMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Philippines is implementing a project under a grant from the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund (ASRF) titled, A Study on the Existing Benefit-Sharing Mechanisms in the Philippines Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM). This project was endorsed to the ASRF to examine the relationship among local government institutions, communities, and CBFM programs on benefit-sharing mechanisms, particularly on how CBFM-People's Organizations (CBFM-POs) manage the distribution of benefits as influenced by community characteristics and social structures, among others. It is expected to develop policy recommendations consisting of a menu of benefit-sharing mechanisms that CBFM-POs may adopt. Likewise, it will serve as guide for DENR Field Office personnel to effectively assist CBFM-POs. 

Implementation of the project began in April 2018, and as of March 2019, the project team has facilitated the creation of a Technical Working Group for the project; developed documentation tools such as Key Informant Interview guide, Focus Group Discussion guide questions, and Video Documentation guide questions; developed a stakeholder-friendly primer on benefit-sharing; and nominated and identified nine CBFM-POs. The project team has conducted field documentation in Nalundan United Farmers Association, Inc. (Bindoy, Negros Oriental), Katilingban sang Pumuluyo nga naga-Atipan sang Watershed sa Maasin (Maasin, Iloilo), and Malakiba People's Improvement Multipurpose Cooperative (Davao City). The other CBFM-POs scheduled for field documentation are San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Santiago, Agusan del Norte), Limatong Dalumangkom Bual Farmers Multipurpose Association (Pigcawayan, North Cotabato), Tao Kalikasan Foundation of the Philippines (Labo, Camarines Norte), LBN Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Vintar, Ilocos Norte), and Caunayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte). The results of the field documentation will be packaged into a set of policy recommendations through a series of consultation meetings and workshops.

Field documentation in one of the CBFM-POs identified.Field documentation in one of the CBFM-POs identified.The output of this ASRF project will be presented in a national workshop to further draw inputs and recommendations. It is expected to be participated in by CBFM-POs regional representatives, regional CBFM coordinators, and other CBFM stakeholders or practitioners such as civil society organizations, non-government organizations, and the academe, among others.

The Philippine government adopted CBFM as the national strategy to achieve sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation, and social equity. A key component in the design and implementation of CBFM is the provision of socioeconomic benefits to community members such as employment, dividends from project profits, capacity building, and strengthening of social networks.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation provides funds for this project through the SEARCA-ASRF program.