The United Nations Development Programme GEF-Small Grants Programme OP5 conducted a simultaneous Training of Trainers (ToT) on Ecosystem Valuation, Community-Based Biodiversity Monitoring and Evaluation Systems, and Biodiversity-Friendly Enterprises in Baler, Aurora on May 17-24, 2016.

The main objective of the activity is to develop a handbook for Ecosystem Valuation, Community-Based Biodiversity Monitoring and Evaluation Systems, and Biodiversity-Friendly Enterprises. It is envisioned that the handbook can capacitate the stakeholders.

Participants to the training were from Upper and Lower Sierra Madre provinces, Samar Island, and Palawan. Engr. Maria Rosario Aynon A. Gonzales, CSPG Director, was invited as a resource speaker during the said training because of her extensive knowledge in theories on ecosystem valuation and her experience in conducting research with focus on ecosystem valuation.

At the end of the weeklong training, the participants had a field immersion activity to apply the theories that they have learned on how to value the mangrove, sea grass, coastal and terrestrial ecosystems in selected barangays in Baler, Aurora.

Engr. Gonzales giving lecture on the methods of ecosystem valuation

The Ecosystem Valuation Team