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Protected Area Management Enhancement (PAME)

Philippines Country: The Philippines and Pacific Island Countries

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October 2012 – December 2017


The proejct aims to:

  • support the Philippine Government’s Environment and Natural Resources Department in its effort to reduce the threats in at least 60 existing and highly diverse Protected Areas (PAs) and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), both terrestrial and marine
  • establish additional 100 new conservation areas under innovative conservation management systems

Project Description

The Protected Area Management Enhancement (PAME) Project supports the Philippine Government’s Environment and Natural Resources Department in its effort to reduce the threats in at least 60 existing and highly diverse Protected Areas (PAs) and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), both terrestrial and marine. Additional 100 new conservation areas will be established under innovative conservation management systems.

By integrating LPCAs into the LGUz proposed land uses, various environment and natural resource development plans will be more effective and harmonized. It will also help reduce overlaps in accountabilities because our roles will be clarified.” – DENR Region 02 Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan


Success Stories

The PAME project has provided a broad survey of management effectiveness in 60 of the 240 existing protected areas (PAs) in the Philippines.

3This was presented to the public in early 2014. The survey provided the basis for new proposals to improve the management of these protected areas. The proposals ranged from the formulation of a management plan, to supplementing of equipment for effective control of the protected area, as well as other identified areas for improvement. Capacity building activities were also designed and initiated for the stakeholders. In addition to the improvement of competences in technical matters of the PAs, the training sessions also provided avenues for networking and synergies between the national government, the NGOs, and the academe,

Another goal of the project is to establish at least 100 new protected areas. A concept for the establishment of at least 100 new protected areas has been developed, and nationwide calls for the best proposals from more than 150 applications were selected. These have a potential for the establishment of about 100 new PAs in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems throughout the Philippines.

In its efforts to create public awareness towards the importance of biodiversity, PAME has initiated the photo contest “Selfie for biodiversity” under the direction of the partner institution was held for the second time on the International Day of Biodiversity on May 22, 2015, and continues to attract the public’s attention to the importance of biodiversity. This innovation has especially captured the attention of the younger segments of society, who are very strong users of social media. This activity has now become an integral part of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) program and will be carried out in the years to come.

The project also has, in collaboration with the German Development Institute (DIE), produced a video film that underlined the value of the services provided by coastal ecosystems. The background music was performed with new compositions of a nationally known singer-songwriter, who is known for his advocacy for the protection and conservation of Philippine biodiversity.

Currently, the project is supporting 160 protected areas all over the Philippines.

203,013 hectares of new local protection and conservation areas to be generated in Northern Luzon, Philippines

2The Protected Area Management Enhancement (PAME) Project together with implementing partner Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) jointly provided technical assistance to eight local governments in Northern Luzon, namely: Lallo, Gattaran, Sta Ana, Pamplona, Claveria, Sanchez Mira and Sta Praxedes of the Province of Cagayan and the municipality of Luna of Apayao, to implement an Integrated Ecosystem Management using the enhanced Comprehensive Land Use Planning  guidelines by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB). It aims to identify, assess and incorporate conservation areas along with highly vulnerable areas, and heritage sites into their CLUPs. These LGUs were selected because they are within priority Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and identified habitats of endemic, endangered, vulnerable, threatened species.

The trainings covered CLUP data collection and analysis, inter and cross-sectoral analysis, GIS application and mapping, identification of key ecosystems goods and services, results-based monitoring and evaluation, and legitimization and adoption processes. The outputs are  enhanced land use and 9-year projections which also covers climate resilience and biodiversity conservation goals.

Thirty new local protection and conservation areas (LPCAs) covering 203,013 hectares will be generated  among the eight LGUs which include open and close canopy forest lands which are either tenured or untenured, mangrove areas and coastal/wetland areas.

Contact Person

Mr. Berthold Schirm
Project Director
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

GIZ-BMUB Project Office, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, North Ave.,
Diliman, Quezon City, 1100 Philippines


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