NFEFI celebrates International Year of Biodiversity

In line with the United Nation's International Year of Biodiversity celebrations, the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Inc (NFEFI) with GTZ, the German Technical Cooperation organization conducted two Forest Camps at Brgy. Patag, Silay City this month.


Two young participants in the Forest Camp for children of Integrated Social Forestry (ISF) holders

The primary goal of the camps, organised with assistance from the Provincial Environment Management Office and Silay City, was to enhance and strengthen the capacity of the Bantay Bukid (forest guards) volunteers, local leaders and beneficiaries of Integrated Social Forestry (ISF) holders in the 30 barangays within the strict protection zone of the North Negros Natural Park.


A break during the Forest Camp held at Brgy. Patag, Silay City for barangay captains and Bantay Bukid Brigade (BBB) volunteers

The first camp, May 14-16, was for 24 teenage children of ISF holders. Topics included basic ecology, understanding concept of biodiversity, climate change, solid waste management and an introduction to some environmental laws.

Activities included bird watching and bird identification, trekking, tree planting and recognition of forest plant species.


Participants in the Forest Camp for children held at Brgy. Patag, Silay City

The second camp, May 20-22, saw some 46 Brgy. Captains and Bantay Bukid Brigade (BBB) volunteers from 14 barangays.

In addition to similar topics featured in the first camp, participants had a detailed confab about laws pertaining to forestry and wildlife conservation. Action plans were prepared by each group to address certain issues identified during the discussions.

The camp provided a strong platform for local leaders and BBB volunteers to gain more knowledge and to think of other strategies to perform their jobs better.

The Forest Camps program ended on Saturday with a closing ceremony at NFEFI's center in Bacolod City.

Special guests were Dr. Walter Salzer, Chief Program Adviser of GTZ and Dr. Uwe Scholz, Chief Adviser for the Coastal Fisheries Resources Management-Environment Research Development. They were welcomed by NFEFI trustees Vice-President Teodulfo Infante and Joey Solinap.

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Issued by the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Inc. For further information, please contact NFEFI trustee, Robert Harland, on 433 2036 or 0916 343 7048