Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The Philippines is the world’s second largest archipelago, consisting of 7,107 islands covering 30 million hectares of land territory. It is part of the Southeast Asian region, located in the westernmost side, facing the Pacific Ocean. The country’s complex geological history, long periods of isolation from major continents, and unique climatic conditions produced a wide variety of land and water forms, thus giving rise to high levels of biodiversity and endemism. As a tropical country, it is endowed with high valued dipterocarp forests, other forest ecosystem types, expansive coral reef, and rich marine life and resources.
The ancestry of the Philippines is just as diverse, comprising more than a hundred ethno linguistic groups distributed along the country’s fragile ecosystems. The NCIP estimates the population of indigenous peoples in the Philippines between 12 and 15 million (or 12-15% of the total population) distributed into approximately 100 different indigenous cultural communities (ICCs).
It is estimated that in the Philippines, the overlap between PAs and ancestral domains is 1,440,000 hectares, or about 26% of the total PA estate; while the overlap between KBAs and CADTs can reach about 1,345,198 hectares (involving 91 CADTs in 65 KBAs). This means that 29% of the entire area of KBAs requiring protection falls into territories occupied by indigenous peoples. Moreover, spatial analysis showed that in KBAs that are not covered by PAs, ancestral domains is the de facto governance regime, and that in these areas – the governance by IP communities have contributed to the continued protection of existing forest cover, despite the absence of PA. Globally, in areas where IPs continue the protection of existing forest cover is called ICCAs. ICCAs present a long history of conservation and sustainable use that is much older than the government-managed protected areas. Indigenous peoples and local communities, both sedentary and mobile, have for millennia played a critical role in conserving a variety of natural environments and species. ICCA is not a new concept to indigenous peoples, including in the Philippines, where the indigenous peoples generally term their territories as ancestral domains. As such, indigenous peoples areas do not refer only to hectarage or physical features.
To further support the management of ICCAs, the DENR-BMB will be implementing a Project entitled “Strengthening National Systems to Improve Governance and Management of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Conserved Areas and Territories”. It aims to strengthen the conservation, protection and management of key biodiversity sites in the Philippines by institutionalizing Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCAs) as a sustainable addition to the national PA estate. Hence, to ensure that the objectives under this Project are implemented accordingly, a project management unit was set-up in the Biodiversity Management Bureau. The unit will include a Project Support Officer as one of its key staff.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Project Manager, the Project Support Officer will be responsible for coordinating and providing technical assistance in facilitating the organization of BUKLURAN. He/she will assist in the implementation of the activities identified in the BUKLURAN 2019 Work and Financial Plan.
He/she will support the Project Management Unit in coordinating the BUKLURAN activities under the Philippine ICCA Project. He/she will support the Project Management Unit in complying with reportorial requirements of UNDP, DENR, and other agencies. He/she will also support the Project Management Unit and partners in fulfilling the Project targets concerning the strengthening of BUKLURAN capacities.
The Project Support Officer shall have the following responsibilities:
Assist in the implementation of the activities identified in the BUKLURAN 2019 Work and Financial Plan
Assist in the management of BUKLURAN, including the following:
Provide technical assistance in the following:
Assist in raising funds for the operations of BUKLURAN, including, but not limited to the following purposes:
Ensure the documentation of all BUKLURAN activities
Assist in establishing linkages and network with partners, including but not limited to the following:
Perform any other tasks as maybe assigned from time to time by the BUKLURAN Convener, BUKLURAN Steering Committee, and the Project Manager of the Philippine ICCA Project.
Required Skills and Experience
Education: University degree in Development Communication and/or other related social science field
Language Requirements: Fluency in written and spoken English; well versed in national language.