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UNDP-SLM project conducts year-end assessment and planning workshop

By Amelia M. Fermia - Project Assistant III
December 19, 2016




The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project on Implementation of the Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Practices to Address Land Degradation and Mitigate Effects of Drought held its first year-end assessment and planning workshop on 08-09 December 2016 in Angeles, Pampanga. Participants included representatives from UNDP, Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM), DA-SPCMAD and Operations Unit, DENRF-FMB, HLURB, DILG, DAR, Municipal Local Government Units (MLGUs) and Provincial Local Government Units (PLGUs).

The collaborative project, led by the National Project Director Dr. Silvino Q. Tejada and ISD Team Leader Ms. Floradema C. Eleazar, is an initiative which focuses on the systematic and institutional levels, hence, strengthen the enabling regulatory, institutional and financial framework that would govern efforts to address land degradation in the Philippines. Key activities of the project include workshops, trainings and the establishment of techno-demo farms.

In his message, Dr. Tejada encouraged the participants and representatives from different sectors to consider complementing and initiating catch up activities that can be done in 2017 towards the achievement of goals and expected outputs at the end of the project in 2018.

"This is the best time to reflect on what has been done and what can be done in the succeeding years. As project implementers, this activity is a privilege for us to align our resources and activities at a given timeline that should result to the successful implementation of the project," Tejada underscored.

During the two-day workshop, UNDP-GEF5 Focal Person Dr. Gina P. Nilo presented their accomplishment for the year 2016, as well as the issues and challenges in the project implementation.

The dynamic interaction among participants resulted in a successful workshop where they shared ideas and strategies helpful in the construction of outputs for Annual Work and Financial Plan for 2017 and Catch-Up Plan which will be applied for the project pilot sites in Abuyog, Leyte and Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. These outputs will be presented to the project board for approval on December 15, 2016.

Overall, the workshop strengthened the establishment of interagency technical committee. Its roles and membership was identified as a means to reinforce partnership and collaboration among partners, which would help fortify SLM frameworks to address land degradation processes and mitigate the effects of drought to contribute in enhancing integrated natural resource management in the country.





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