Environment and Rural Development Program

 

 

Target Groups Poor farm and fisherfolk families, agrarian reform beneficiaries and landless people

Location Visayas focusing on Region 6 to 8 (Panay, Negros, Leyte, Samar); Region 5 (Albay, Sorsogon) Province of Isabela and the Caraga Region
Duration July 2005 to June 2014
Donors Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), European Commission (EC) - Food Facility/ DIPECHO

 

Context

A large portion of the rural population in the Philippines depends on natural resources for their livelihoods. However, the country witnessed a grave deterioration of its natural resources in the past decades. Several national agencies share the responsibility for rural development, namely the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) , Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) . Although their functions and mandates are defined by law, there is functional overlap in many areas.

In addition, the Local Government Code (LGC) of 1991 has transferred the responsibility of providing environment and agriculture related services to the Local Government Units (LGUs). However, they are still facing unclear roles, responsibilities and inadequate resources. Likewise, they have limited technical expertise to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate development interventions.

In response to this, the Government of the Philippines and the German Government conceived the Environment and Rural Development (EnRD) Program.

Objective

The main objective of EnRD is to strengthen the capacity of rural development agencies to sustainably manage natural resources and promote rural development. This will be done both at the national and sub-national levels. The ultimate beneficiaries will be fisherfolks, farmers, tenants, agrarian reform beneficiaries and landless people, especially in the Visayan regions.

Approach

EnRD is jointly implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of, Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment, Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Interior and Local Government and German Development Cooperation (GIZ).

The Programs interventions consist of capacity building, technical advice and pilot projects for improved services in:

Results achieved so far:

 

  • Cooperation and information flow has improved among DA, DAR, DENR and DILG.

  • More than 140 conflictsensitive Barangay Development Plans have been implemented in 15 LGUs benefitting 12,600 households.

  • 137,679 households benefit from improved management of coastal areas implemented by four inter-LGU Alliances.

  • 36,000 households benefit from sustainable management of 36.000 ha marine protected areas.

  • 600 households benefit from agro-forestry cultivation systems on 590 ha and 750 ha reforestation.

  • An area of 2,300 ha natural forest is protected and sustainably managed benefitting over 1,000 households.

  • Six flood early warning systems timely warn 37,102 households.

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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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