November 27, 2015
'Forest restoration has become an increasingly popular tool for mitigating the loss of ecosystem services resulting from deforestation and forest degradation. Different restoration strategies that address both ecological and social needs have emerged. However, only very few restoration projects conduct long-term monitoring and evaluation. It is, therefore, difficult to assess the effectiveness of such restoration approaches, and make the necessary changes to achieve the proposed outcomes. It also limits the ability for broader institutional and societal learning about appropriate, robust restoration practices. Meanwhile, advances in technology, such as the use of drones and remote sensing, could present alternative solutions to monitoring large-scale restoration projects.'
The Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI), together with the Rain Forest Restoration Initiative (RFRI) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), will be holding anInternational Symposium on Monitoring Forest Restoration for Adaptive Management. The objective of this symposium is to introduce different forest restoration strategies, as well as methods and technological prospects in monitoring and evaluation of restoration projects. There will be presentations by international experts from Thailand, Costa Rica, Australia and Singapore. The symposium hopes to stimulate discussions on lessons learned and best practices to make sure that reforestation projects are meeting their objectives, and that they meet them in the most effective and efficient way possible.
The symposium will be held at the Biodiversity Management Bureau Training Center at the Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Compound in Diliman, Quezon City. The program will start at 8am.
The symposium is open to institutions and organizations with on-going reforestation projects. It is free of charge, but space is limited, therefore, pre-registration is a must. To reserve a seat, please pre-register through https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8RS5FND.
Please click here for the symposium program/schedule.