Coordination is top priority for success — RSC-11

DAVAO City, PH, September 26 — Coordination is the key to success.

Under the chairmanship of Regional Director Maria Lourdes Lim of the National Economic and Development Authority in the Davao Region (NEDA-11), partners of the Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (COSERAM) Program reflected on past activities and discussed future endeavors, steering the program towards a better cooperation and more sustainable achievement of objectives.

NEDA-11 Regional Director Maria Lourdes Lim (4L) presiding over the first RSC-11 meeting. (Photo by Franklyn Buenaflor, used with his permission)

The meeting was the first of the expanded RSC, which now includes the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). The new members, all supported by COSERAM through its various core processes, were given time to report on their initial achievements.

As a result of the constructive discussions, it was agreed that all partners would join efforts in addressing the land-use conflicts of the Kapatagan area, among others.

The Mt. Apo Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) will take the lead in facilitating a dialogue among all stakeholders in order to identify the different interests and come up with realistic conflict-sensitive solutions, which take into account environmental conservation as well as the rights of the indigenous peoples.

The data collected through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can serve as a basis for discussions, if analyzed accordingly and shared with all partners. Hence, the importance of establishing data-sharing protocols amongst the different agencies and organizations was highlighted.

A workshop to come up with these agreements will therefore be supported and facilitated by the GIZ-COSERAM team.

In line with this, it was agreed that DENR and NCIP’s joint efforts of harmonizing plans must be extended to include the affected LGU as well as NEDA for local development planning and the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), who will be supporting the elaboration of local conservation plans.

The RSC chair closed the meeting by congratulating all partners to the fruitful outcome of the meeting, while stressing the importance of partnership and emphasizing that NEDA would measure the success of COSERAM by looking at coordinated efforts instead of the achievements of individual agencies.

COSERAM is a joint endeavor by the Philippine and German governments. Commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), it is being implemented in the Caraga Region and other conflict-affected areas of Mindanao by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

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