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Philippines | The First National Seminar of Green Growth Policy Tools For Low Carbon Development

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in collaboration with the Government of the United Kingdom, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), the Asian Women’s Network on Gender and Development (AWNGAD), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conducted the First National Seminar on Green Growth Policy Tools for Low Carbon Development in the Philippines from the 12th to 14th of November 2012 at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’s (DENR) Social Hall in Manila, Philippines.

Fifty high- and middle-level managers from the DENR and other government agencies underwent training on green growth to aid the government’s efforts to transition the country’s economy to a “green” one.

Aside from the DENR, participants also came from the departments of Agriculture, Energy, Interior and Local Government, Transportation and Communication, Social Welfare and Development, and Health. In addition, participants from the National Economic and Development Authority; Climate Change Commission; Philippine Commission on Women; National Statistical Coordination Board; the University of the Philippines; the Makati Business Club, and others also participated in the three day training seminar.

The three day seminar, built on ESCAP’s interactive methodology involving animated e-learning courses and multimedia virtual library, case studies and group activities moderated by the trainers, was crafted to encourage participants to reflect on the mainstreaming of green growth policies in their particular sector. The on-site Training of Trainers provided instructions on the Fundamentals of Green Growth Course and the Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap, and is followed by a four-week, self paced e-learning phase using the Green Growth on-line e-Learning  Facility. The participants have continuous access to the Facility , which provides an easy to navigate knowledge and experience sharing platform for green growth practitioners and enables participants to become members of an on-line green growth community.

The Green Growth Policy Tools for Low Carbon Development seminars and the Green Growth on-line are designed to enhance the ability and skills of key decision-makers from the recipient countries to devise various green growth/green economy policy responses for fostering a low carbon development, amidst tackling more effectively the issues of resource efficiency, environmental sustainability, poverty reduction and climate change.

Human Resource Management Director Ric Enriquez, DENR focal person for the event, confirmed that 15 high level and technical policy-makers from the DENR will also form a composite national team to facilitate and ensure the establishment of an online e-learning node in the DENR, which could then be shared with other government agencies.