Training Event 7:

Application of City Biodiversity Index to Enhance Biodiversity and Green Spaces in Urban Areas

Date: October 06, 2023
Time: 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
Meeting Room: 8

Training Provider:

DENR (BD Corridor Project)

Description of the training:

Urbanization results in an increasing proportion of the population living in cities. Urban living limits access to nature and can increase exposure to certain environmental hazards, such as air and noise pollution. Many urban areas face increasing pressure from expanding populations, limited resources and growing impacts of climate change as well as urban biodiversity loss. These challenges must be addressed for cities to provide healthy and sustainable living environments. Green spaces and other urban biodiversity and greenery management offer innovative approaches to increase the quality of urban settings, enhance local resilience and promote sustainable lifestyles, improving both the health and the well-being of urban residents.

Urban green spaces, both public and private, are central components of these approaches and can help to ensure that: urban residents have adequate opportunities for exposure to nature; urban biodiversity is maintained and protected; environmental hazards such as air pollution or noise are reduced; the impacts of extreme weather events (heatwaves, extreme rainfall or flooding) are mitigated; the quality of urban living is enhanced; the health and well-being of residents are improved. Therefore, urban green spaces and urban biodiversity are important investments that local authorities can partner with its citizens to co-create for the well-being of people as well as the environment.

Relative thereto, the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is currently implementing the Urban Biodiversity Program with the primary objective of effectively managing the green spaces to regain ecosystem services, develop resiliency, and bring people closer to nature to improve their well-being. The program is in accordance to the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP) 2015-2028 and is aligned with Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023- 2028 which recognizes that the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity plays a critical role in the urban development of our country specifically under Chapter 2.3 on Establishing Livable Communities.

The Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP) and PDP’s specific targets for the promotion of biodiversity in urban areas are the 5% increase in green spaces and adoption of the City Biodiversity Index (CBI) of the city LGUs. In order to achieve the targets, there are program interventions targeted under PBSAP such as establishment of models of urban biodiversity conservation and enhancement as part of overall local environmental governance and localized City Biodiversity Index and incorporation of biodiversity concerns in standards and protocols of allied industries and associations who influence or depend on urban ecosystems services.

Supportive to this is the Biodiversity Corridor Project which aims to operationalize integrated management of biodiversity corridors to generate multiple benefits including effective conservation of globally threatened species and high conservation value forests, reduce deforestation and degradation, and enhance local biodiversity-friendly livelihoods. It is aimed at addressing the increased degradation of habitats from deforestation and conversion to agriculture and expanding infrastructure development, pollution, invasive alien species and climate change which are threatening critical habitats and ecosystems and their attendant biodiversity. The Component 2 of the Project aims to apply of integrated network design and management of biodiversity corridors to ensure continued stability and sustainability of their biological, ecosystem services and socio-economic conservation values. At the end of the project, it is expected that there will be an improved site-level planning, regulatory, monitoring, and implementation framework for integrated ecosystem planning and management.

Objectives

The activity aims to:

  1. Orient participants on Integrated Ecosystems Management Approach, Urban Biodiversity and City Biodiversity Index
  2. Increase the understanding on the multifunctionality of urban green spaces for enhancing urban biodiversity

Expected Outcomes/Outputs

The participants will have enhanced awareness and knowledge on the use of City Biodiversity Index in order to strengthen planning and governance mechanisms for integrated approaches in green, biodiverse and climate resilient urban development.

Training Event 7:

Application of City Biodiversity Index to Enhance Biodiversity and Green Spaces in Urban Areas

Date: October 06, 2023
Time: 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
Meeting Room: 8

Training Provider:

DENR (BD Corridor Project)

Description of the training:

Urbanization results in an increasing proportion of the population living in cities. Urban living limits access to nature and can increase exposure to certain environmental hazards, such as air and noise pollution. Many urban areas face increasing pressure from expanding populations, limited resources and growing impacts of climate change as well as urban biodiversity loss. These challenges must be addressed for cities to provide healthy and sustainable living environments. Green spaces and other urban biodiversity and greenery management offer innovative approaches to increase the quality of urban settings, enhance local resilience and promote sustainable lifestyles, improving both the health and the well-being of urban residents.

Urban green spaces, both public and private, are central components of these approaches and can help to ensure that: urban residents have adequate opportunities for exposure to nature; urban biodiversity is maintained and protected; environmental hazards such as air pollution or noise are reduced; the impacts of extreme weather events (heatwaves, extreme rainfall or flooding) are mitigated; the quality of urban living is enhanced; the health and well-being of residents are improved. Therefore, urban green spaces and urban biodiversity are important investments that local authorities can partner with its citizens to co-create for the well-being of people as well as the environment.

Relative thereto, the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is currently implementing the Urban Biodiversity Program with the primary objective of effectively managing the green spaces to regain ecosystem services, develop resiliency, and bring people closer to nature to improve their well-being. The program is in accordance to the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP) 2015-2028 and is aligned with Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023- 2028 which recognizes that the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity plays a critical role in the urban development of our country specifically under Chapter 2.3 on Establishing Livable Communities.

The Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP) and PDP’s specific targets for the promotion of biodiversity in urban areas are the 5% increase in green spaces and adoption of the City Biodiversity Index (CBI) of the city LGUs. In order to achieve the targets, there are program interventions targeted under PBSAP such as establishment of models of urban biodiversity conservation and enhancement as part of overall local environmental governance and localized City Biodiversity Index and incorporation of biodiversity concerns in standards and protocols of allied industries and associations who influence or depend on urban ecosystems services.

Supportive to this is the Biodiversity Corridor Project which aims to operationalize integrated management of biodiversity corridors to generate multiple benefits including effective conservation of globally threatened species and high conservation value forests, reduce deforestation and degradation, and enhance local biodiversity-friendly livelihoods. It is aimed at addressing the increased degradation of habitats from deforestation and conversion to agriculture and expanding infrastructure development, pollution, invasive alien species and climate change which are threatening critical habitats and ecosystems and their attendant biodiversity. The Component 2 of the Project aims to apply of integrated network design and management of biodiversity corridors to ensure continued stability and sustainability of their biological, ecosystem services and socio-economic conservation values. At the end of the project, it is expected that there will be an improved site-level planning, regulatory, monitoring, and implementation framework for integrated ecosystem planning and management.

Objectives

The activity aims to:

        1. Orient participants on Integrated Ecosystems Management Approach, Urban Biodiversity and City Biodiversity Index

       

      1. Increase the understanding on the multifunctionality of urban green spaces for enhancing urban biodiversity

The activity aims to:

  1. Orient participants on Integrated Ecosystems Management Approach, Urban Biodiversity and City Biodiversity Index
  2. Increase the understanding on the multifunctionality of urban green spaces for enhancing urban biodiversity

Expected Outcomes/Outputs

The participants will have enhanced awareness and knowledge on the use of City Biodiversity Index in order to strengthen planning and governance mechanisms for integrated approaches in green, biodiverse and climate resilient urban development.
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