CAGAYAN DE ORO City, PH, August 22, 24 — Personnel and staff of three partner agencies and institutions in Northern Mindanao underwent a three-day training on the use of remote-controlled aircrafts for mapping and monitoring purposes.
Anchored by Franz-Fabian Bellot, technical advisor detailed to the partner government agenccy National Commission on Indigenous Peoples in the Caraga Region (NCIP-13), the training on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) was done under the Indigenous Practices for Conservation of Biodiversity (IP4BioDiv) Module of the Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (COSERAM) Programme of the D
eutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The IP4BioDiv Module brings together conflict-sensitive resource management and biodiversity conservation by strengthening indigenous rights and supporting the use of indigenous knowledge systems and practices. In line with COSERAMs overall objective, it focuses on harmonizing different planning regimes and is oriented towards a peaceful and sustainable governance of natural resources.
The training brought together participants from the NCIP, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and the Bukidnon State University (BSU), who had the chance to personally operate the UAV and practice their flying skills in maneuvering a DJI Phantom 4 quad-copter.
During the two-day training, participants learned the use of various software applications for flight planning as well as image processing; the UAV technology’s advantages and challenges; and the legal and cultural framework for drone usage in the Philippines.