GIZ-COSERAM in cooperation with the Bukidnon State University (BukSU) conducted the Governance Assessment in Mount Apo Natural Park (September 2018) and Mount Balatukan Range Natural Park (May 2018) as part of their PAMB Strengthening activities. The methodology was adapted by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and GIZ based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Guidelines on Governance of Protected Areas. The participatory site-based assessment methodology involves multiple stakeholders to determine the protected area’s current state of governance and based on the findings come up with ideas for action to improve such. The process includes stakeholders’ analysis, information gathering through focus group discussions and key informant interviews which focused on good governance principles and several workshops. In the case of Mt. Apo and Mt. Balatukan the assessed governance principles included: effective participation in decision-making; recognition of rights; dispute resolution; transparency; achievement of conservation goals; and coordination of plans and policies.
The results of the assessment have been presented to the PAMBs and will now guide future planning and implementation. In Mt Apo the findings will be integrated in the PAMB Manual of Operations.