Capacity Building for Wetlands Conservation
Increasing capacity of local communities to sustain wetland conservation activities in the Laguna de Bay Region and Marikina-Pasig River Watershed
The project aimed to increase the capacity of local organizations to take actions for wetland conservation which will directly translate into managing natural and human-made disasters and help in implementing climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. It took a different route from the usual intervention that directly train people on actual measures by dealing instead with a more basic organizational aspect. This refers to the organizational capacity to access resources and how to manage them efficiently and effectively to come up with the desired outcome which is a resilient and climate change-proof environment.
Communication and Sharing of Best Practices
Ciudad Christia Resort, San Mateo, Rizal
13 – 14 November 2014
Project Documentation was heavily discussed – its goals, objectives and importance and procedures. To assist partner organizations in planning for the next steps, lessons in Communication Planning was also shared.
Another activity was a visit to the project site of Buklod Tao, one of the participating organizations. Its project “Establishment of Greenhouse for Vegetables, Native and Fruit Trees Seeds Nurturing” created a modest green house that is essential for the protection of plants being nurtured. This Greenhouse is a conventional structure in any gardening and plant nursery efforts because of its contribution on increasing the probability of successful yield of plants. Since Greenhouse ensures higher survival rate of plants, this can now complement to the target of the organization to have a higher production to meet its demand, especially for vegetables and tree seedlings.
Back to back with Buklod Tao’s presentation was showcasing another project in collaboration with Green STEPS, “Rainwater Harvesting for Alternative Domestic Water Supply and On-site Storm Water Management for Groundwater Recharge and Wetlands Ecosystems Conservation”. Green STEPS retrofitted a rainwater harvesting system from the roof catchment of a 3-storey building, the headquarter of Buklod Tao in barangay Banaba, San Mateo, Rizal. This employed simple technologies that are doable and beneficial to the community and its environment. Its aim was to help people learn to value, harvest and store rainwater, manage their rainwater and on-site storm water and enable them to practice wise use and management of water resources and wetlands ecosystems.
Other Activities –
- Preparation and Organizational Profiling
- Organizational Readiness
- Project Development and Management
- Resource Mobilization and Sustainability / Donors Meeting
- Culmination of the Project
The Implementors –