Community-Based Forest Mgmt
Fifty LGUs from 8 provinces benefited from the CBFM Program. So far, the project is on track to meet its goal of reforesting 4,000 hectares of forestland and shorelines with trees and mangrove species. The reforestation project has benefited 3,000 households and is sequestering 40,000 tons of carbon annually. The component also taught participating LGUs and Peoples Organization to protect their natural forests, which covers 17,245 ha. In addition some other 5,000 ha are currently brought under sustainable management, including declaration as critical habitat for endangered species. The project promoted agroforestry systems (the planting of fruit trees and cash crops with forest trees) in nearly 3,000 hectares of land benefiting about 2,000 households. The CBFM component is helping facilitate talks on co-management policy guidelines between DENR and LGUs. Intensive talks are presently under way to find a solution to expedite the issue of long-term land tenure rights based on the existing CBFM policy.
Disaster Risk Management
DRM helped forty municipalities and cities from 14 provinces to proactively plan to reduce the risks of disasters. Flood early warning systems in 12 watershed areas have been established, with several more on the way. LGUs have implemented at least five risk mitigation measures (such as slope stabilization or reforestation) in their communities. There has been an increased awareness in communities and LGUs about disasters and disaster risk management. 531 individuals (55% male and 45% female) from 36 LGUs have been trained to integrate DRM into local land use and development plans. Communities are also better equipped to respond to disasters: they know when to evacuate, what to bring, and where to go.
Enhancement of Food Security
The EFOS component helped communities in 43 cities and municipalities in two provinces improve their incomes. By October 2011, 47,183 households benefited from cash-for-work schemes in the amount of € 1.15 million, significantly higher than the target of 25,000 households. 21,737 households were also able to increase their incomes by using productivity enhanced measures in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. The project enlisted 5,171 households to get crop insurance schemes, higher than the goal of 5,000 households.
Natural Resources Governance
Thirty-three cities and municipalities from four provinces participated in the NRG component, which seeks to boost planning and implementation procedures for natural resource management, agribusiness development and disaster preparedness. Cities and municipalities have also started to draft Comprehensive Land Use Plans, while hundreds of barangays have implemented Barangay Development Plans (BDPs) and Annual Investment Plans that were agreed upon by all population groups. A total of 181 conflicts over natural resources were recorded, of which 93% has been constructively handled (58%) and mitigated (35%). 69 LGUs, over the 40 target number, have upscaled ENRD approaches towards sustainable resource management. The component also trained local planning officials on land use planning and laid the groundwork for a network that could help them share best practices and information.
Yolanda
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has granted 3 million Euros to GIZ to provide technical assistance to support the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the areas in the Visayas affected by Typhoon Yolanda. The EnRD is implementing this technical assistance for a 2-year period from January 2014 to December 2015.
Integrated Coastal Management
The GIZ has helped 58 LGUs in 6 provinces manage their coastal and fisheries resources in a sustainable way. About 11,500 km2 of coast covering 40 municipalities have seen improved management practices, overshooting the 10,000-km coastline-target. To date, a total of 93 MPAs with an aggregate area of 411.6 km² have been designated as MPAs in 46 municipalities potentially benefiting about 50,070 people. A total of 8 LGUs - overshooting the target of 5 LGUs - have made alliances to harmonize the management of their marine resources and regulations such as the establishment of H/UFO, fishing vessel registration system, municipal water delineation, coastal zoning and coastal law enforcement. Also, these alliances still continue to monitor the implementation of their respective CFRM plans
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