As one of the last strongholds of Philippine biodiversity, Palawan has much to gain in strengthening the capacities of its conservation workers in environmental protection, including the proper management and use of biodiversity data. As part of a continuing process to strengthen biodiversity information management in the province, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) are collaborating to update the province’s biodiversity data management methods and systems.
On 6-7 May 2014, ACB conducted a “Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM) Orientation Seminar” for PCSD staff and partner organizations. The seminar enhanced the understanding and awareness of CHM concepts; Content Management Systems for CHM website development; operation and maintenance of the ASEAN CHM; and operation and maintenance of the Philippine CHM. ACB staff conducted the orientation ob the ASEAN CHM while the Philippine CHM Manager from the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Agriculture oriented the participants on CHM-related activities and the maintenance of the Philippine CHM network and website.
Outputs of the seminar included enhanced awareness on CHM concepts; better understanding on the mechanics of CHM establishment and maintenance; and an indicative plan on how PCSD will use the CHM concepts and operations in establishing and maintaining a biodiversity database and network in Palawan.
It will be recalled that in February 2014, ACB and PCSD conducted a training-workshop on Biodiversity Data Organization and Management Workshop for PCSD Staff and Partner Organizations. The training- workshop strengthened the capacities of PCSD staff and partners in managing available information on species and protected areas; acquiring relevant information from other online sources; and processing and analyzing information.
It has been recognized that scientific knowledge and technological know-how are crucial to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CHM was established by the CBD to ensure that all governments have access to information and technologies needed to facilitate work on biodiversity conservation and management. National CHM focal points help facilitate technical and scientific cooperation among parties to the CBD. SBBarrer