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Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management




Since 2011, the ‘Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management’ (COSERAM) Program supports an integrated approach of poverty reduction and peace building in the region of Caraga and other conflict-affected areas in the Philippines. The COSERAM Program is a joint undertaking of the Philippine and German Governments, implemented by GIZ, the KfW (German Development Bank) and the local partners.


The Philippines, especially Mindanao, are marked by political and social unrest, often manifested through armed violence. Conflict-affected areas possess a wealth of natural resources, including rich mineral deposits, extensive water and wood resources, and high biodiversity. Different interests in land and resource use, monopolistic land ownership, and poor governance contribute to resource exploitation, posing a major challenge to inclusive development. Thus, the marginalized population – women, young men, Indigenous Peoples – is often unable or has minimal access to benefits from the existing natural resources and public services.


GIZ provides advisory services and technical assistance to mandated bodies in order for them to address land use and land rights conflicts in a peaceful and sustainable manner, while supporting marginalized people to lawfully access natural resources. To reach its target groups, COSERAM promotes multi-stakeholder processes at all levels, dialogue between parties with differing interests and assists them to reach agreements. A participatory peace and conflict assessment was conducted for Caraga, the initial implementation region, and will be done for other areas, facilitating the program’s planning and steering.

During the 1st 4 years, GIZ, in cooperation with its partners, enhanced mandated government processes to peacefully address violent conflicts. These improvements have either been integrated into national policies or documented in guides for replication. In its 2nd phase, COSERAM will continue scaling-up the innovations, and replicate them through partners.

The program seeks to introduce and strengthen governance that provides sustainable access to natural resources for the marginalized population and reduce violent conflicts in Caraga and other conflict-affected areas.

The advisory services and technical assistance is categorized into five (5) core processes, with each one uniquely catering to a specific area of need; particularly:

  1. Peacebuilding Needs in Development Planning
  2. Conflict-Sensitive Land Use Planning and Management
  3. Titling and Natural Resource Management in Ancestral Domains
  4. Access to Legal and Paralegal Services and Rights Awareness
  5. Overlapping Protected Area and Ancestral Domains

Published on November 11, 2015

News and Updates

  • The participants using their bodies as sculpture in depicting the different images of peace and conflict. 
Photo by: Arah Crisabel Grace Amper-GIZ COSERAM

    RPOC 13 Secretariat Braces for CRMP Implementation

    by Merle Dawn Comidoy

    Some 23 secretariat members of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in Caraga Region held a Team Building last July 7-8, 2016 at Red Palm Suites, Butuan City as a way of forging a sense of collective effort among the RPOC secretariat and preparing themselves for the Caraga Roadmap for Peace (CRMP) implementation. The

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  • GIZ COSERAM staff and ForumZFD project manager Gebhard Korte (corner right in dark blue shirt) had a dinner with the Ambassador (center sky blue longsleeve) at Almont Inland Resort.

    German Ambassador to the Philippines Visits Caraga

    by Nicole Bendsen

    By: Nicole Bendsen and Gemma Ocon The German Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Thomas Ossowski, had his first glimpse of Caraga Region as he met with different partners of the Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (COSERAM) Program during his two-day visit in Butuan City and Agusan Marsh from May 24-25, 2016. Day 1-A

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  • (From left to right) DILG 13 director Lilibeth Famacion, mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., and German Ambassador to the Philippines, Thomas Ossowski lead the ribbon cutting ceremony during the unveiling of the Bridge that depicts peace journey in Caraga.
Photo By: John Alfred Carsano-GIZ COSERAM

    Caraga Roadmap for Peace Launch-Marks History

    by Merle Dawn Comidoy

    By: Merle Dawn S. Comidoy The Caraga Region marks history as the first Region in the Philippines to craft a Regional Roadmap for Peace. Some 200 stakeholders from the government, private, and civil society sectors, took part in history as they witnessed the launching of the Caraga Roadmap for Peace (CRMP) on May 24, 2016

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