Environment and Rural Development Program

For the past four decades, the Philippines witnessed a grave deterioration of its natural resources. This is due to rapid population growth and uncontrolled and unequal access to natural resources. In addition, natural disasters such as typhoons, floods and landslides destroy valuable agricultural lands; a situation which will most likely be aggravated by climate change. The destruction of forests and coral reefs, loss of biodiversity and degradation of crucial watersheds greatly affects the rural communities. A large portion of the rural population depends on natural resources for their livelihood. Half of them continue to live below the poverty line; whereas poverty is notably problematic in the upland.

In response, the Government of the Philippines and the German Government conceived the Environment and Rural Development (EnRD) Program. The main objective of the program is to improve the livelihood of the poor rural population through better management of land and water resources. This will be done through capacity building of rural development agencies to sustainably manage natural resources and promote rural development. Program interventions consist of technical advice, capacity building, studies and pilot projects for improved environment and agriculture related services.

EnRD is jointly being implemented with the Convergence Initiative, composed of the:  Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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PDSS

Policy Dialogue and Strategic Steering

NRG

Natural Resources Governance

ICM

Integrated Coastal Management

CBFM

Community Based Forest Management

EFOS

Enhancement of Food Security

DRM

Disaster Risk Management

The Environment and Rural Development (EnRD) Program is a joint initiative between the Philippine and the German Government. EnRD is implemented
by the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

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