The Institute of Environmental GovernanceThe Institute of Environmental GovernanceThe Institute of Environmental Governance

The Institute of Environmental Governance

Enhance biodiversity conservation actions and ensure protection of the remaining wildlife in the habitats by raising awareness and strengthening the capacity and technical skills of the local government officials and trainers on environmental governance and law enforcement as mandated to them.

The Institute of Environmental Governance

Set up an information database for biodiversity and wildlife monitoring

The Institute of Environmental Governance

Transfer best practices and strategies on biodiversity conservation and park or protected area management from the experiences of government officials and agencies in the Asia Pacific Region and the United States of America.

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With the devolution of government powers accompanying the passage of the Local Government Code of 1991 (R.A. 7160), local government units (LGUs) were granted powers to effect governance in their respective jurisdictions. Among the devolved functions are those that used to be solely under the environment department, like pollution regulation and solid waste management, management of communal forests and adoption of integrated social forestry, small scale mining regulation, and other related functions. Fisheries management and regulatory functions in municipal waters have likewise been devolved to local governments. Barangay Captains are specifically tasked to “enforce laws and regulations relating to pollution control and protection of the environment.” Mayors, on the other hand, are mandated to adopt measures to safeguard and conserve the natural resources of the municipality or city. Indeed, with the passage of the local government code and other relevant environmental legislations, increasing power and responsibility on the environment have been passed or granted to local governments. However, the devolution of these powers and responsibilities does not necessarily equate to actual transfer of capacity, thus there is a challenge of providing the much needed capacity to enable local executives and local policy makers better perform their given mandate.