Implementation of Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS) CY 2012


Implementation of Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS)


 • Training conducted

The Orientation and Training/Workshop on the Implementation of Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS) within Protected Areas was held on June 27-28, 2012 at Sol Y Viento Mountain Hot Spring Resort, Pansol, Calamba City and Makiling Botanic Gardens, UP Los Baños, College, Laguna. Its objective was to enhance the knowledge and skills of the protected area staff and concerned local communities in biodiversity monitoring and in providing valuable data to the Protected Area Management Boards (PAMBs) that will enable the latter to make informed and sound decisions on how to better manage the protected area and its resources. It was participated by the Protected Area Superintendents (PASus), PAWU Chief and selected protected area staff from DENR field offices within the region. The resource person was EMS II Anson M. Tagtag from the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB). There were lectures on the following topics on the first day; Biodiversity Monitoring in Protected Areas of the Philippines, Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS), BMS Monitoring Techniques, and Data Organization, Analysis and Interpretation. On the second day was practicum on two of the four BMS monitoring techniques, namely; Transect Method and Photo Documentation.




• Implementation of BMS

Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS) was implemented during the 2nd and 4th quarters, CY 2012 at four protected areas in the region, namely; 1.Quezon PL, Taal Volcano PL, 2-3.Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal PL (Laguna and Quezon) and 4.Mts. Palay-Palay Mataas-na-Gulod PL. Said activity basically involved implementation of the four (4) BMS techniques, i.e. Transect Method, Field Diary, Photo Documentation and Focus Group Discussion. Over-all comparison of BMS data results for the 2nd  and 4th quarters, CY 2012 revealed that species count and diversity in the abovementioned protected areas was slightly higher on the latter than on the former; on the other hand, resource use was higher on the former than on the latter. In a larger perspective, wildlife population had somewhat increased, per analysis and evaluation made on the BMS data gathered in 2011 and 2012. Nonetheless, there was no remarkable difference on the resource use/human activities observed during the said year interval.