7 Dec 2016 – The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has launched a video documentary on the Small Grants Programme (SGP), a joint project by the ACB and the KfW Development Bank that aims to improve biodiversity conservation and the livelihoods of people in the ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHPs). The video launch is a side event of the Fair on Experiences and Best Practices in Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) during the Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) being held at the Moon Palace Resort, Cancun, Mexico from 2-17 December 2016.
The event was graced by the presence of Atty. Roberto V. Oliva, Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity; Mr. Saroj Srisai, Assistant Director of the Environment Division, Sustainable Development Directorate of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Department, ASEAN Secretariat; Dr. Berthold Seibert, GIZ Programme Director; Dr. Dicky Simorangkir, GIZ Project Director; Ms. Ratna Kusuma Sari, Deputy Director of Implementation on International Convention Indonesia; Mr. Win Naing Thaw, Director of Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division, Forest Department of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry Myanmar; Ms. Clarissa C. Arida, Director of the ACB Programme Development and Implementation; and Ms. Corazon de Jesus, Jr., the SGP Project Manager and ACB Programme Specialist.
“The SGP aims to contribute to biodiversity protection and management of natural resources in the ASEAN region and address the needs of local communities through a flexible funding mechanism,” said ACB Executive Director Roberto V. Oliva. “What we are aiming for through this project is to provide livelihood opportunities to the people in AHPs and adjacent areas while promoting biodiversity conservation,” he added.
The project sites are ASEAN Heritage Sites in Indonesia and Myanmar which include the following: Gunung Leuser National Park and Way Kambas National Park (Indonesia); Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park; Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary; Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary; and Nat Ma Taung National Park (Myanmar).
“The programme is divided into three tiers: (1) AHP site based planning and implementation; (2) National Project Coordination and Selection of Small Grants; and (3) Regional Programme Coordination, Final Approval of Small Grants, and Regional Coordination and Exchange,” said Ms. Corazon de Jesus, Jr., SGP Project Manager.
“We are still at the early stage of implementation of the SGP in Indonesia. ACB and Indonesia have a very good working relationship and I am looking forward to future events and activities related to this project,” said Ms. Ratna Kusuma Sari.
“In Myanmar, we encourage collaborative protected area management. As much as possible, we are trying to involve the community living in the buffer zones in conservation efforts in the protected areas. The ACB has been instrumental in the effective implementation of the project in Myanmar,” said Mr. Win Naing Thaw.
The video documentary of the progress of the ACB-KfW Small Grants Programme can be viewed at https://youtu.be/3geLsPDBrhU. end-