The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) bagged the “Development Aid Partner Award for Biodiversity” at the Mission:PHL Envoys&Expats Awards on April 4 at the SM Aura Premier in Taguig City.
UNDP Deputy Resident Rep. Enrico Gaveglia received the award in a ceremony attended by members of the diplomatic community, bilateral and multilateral aid agencies, government officials and the media.
Gaveglia dedicated the award to the local communities UNDP is working with, and encouraged the attendees to “commit to a common purpose of pursuing sustainable progress not at the expense of future generations.”
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. also conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to the diplomatic corps and multilateral and bilateral aid agencies in the Philippines.
He added that “development cooperation is a shared responsibility and vision with the desire to uplift the lives of people in the most effective and efficient way.”
Most of the biodiversity focused projects implemented by the UNDP is done with DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau with support from the Global Environment Facility.
One of UNDP’s commendable projects is the Philippine ICCA Project, which aims to strengthen the conservation, protection, and management of biodiversity sites in the Philippines by institutionalizing ICCAs, or the Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas, as a sustainable addition to the national protected areas estate.
Since its launch in 2016, the project has mapped more than 150,000 hectares of forest and marine ecosystems with high biodiversity values in its 10-partner indigenous people (IP) communities, inventoried the flora and fauna contained therein, documented the traditional resource management practices of the IPs, and supported biodiversity friendly livelihoods that benefitted 50,000 individuals, 46 percent of whom are women.
It has also successfully lobbied for the inclusion of IP-responsive provisions in the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (E-Nipas) Act of 2018 and trained different government personnel on ICCA Documentation and Cultural Appreciation.
Organized by the BusinessMirror, Mission:PHL celebrates the role of nations and development aid partners in helping the Philippine government improve the lives and future of the Filipino people.
It is the first and only recognition awards of its kind in the country today. Apart from the Biodiversity Award, the BusinessMirror also bestowed recognitions to projects in different sectors from agriculture, trade, technology, education and tourism.