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ARCBC-funded biodiversity research projects in the Philippines are now in full swing

Project leaders presented their research accomplishments against the individual projects' objectives and time frame in a workshop held on 3 September 2002 at the Visitor's Center of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) in Quezon City, Philippines. This was the first monitoring of biodiversity grant projects in ASEAN conducted by ARCBC since the research grant programme was launched last year. Project leaders drew lessons and recommendations from the problems and constraints they encountered in implementing project activities. Atty. Wilfrido Pollisco, PAWB Director and National Biodiversity Reference Unit Coordinator for the Philippines, urged project leaders to share and learn experiences from each other and see what further actions are still needed to effectively implement the projects. The research projects are being undertaken by three government agencies and one private entity. With an aggregate budget of 271,525 Euros, the Philippine research projects form part of the 2.5 million-euro Research Grant Programme of ARCBC. Grant contracts covering these projects were signed in 12 July 2001. The research projects have been approved for implementation by EU and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (as the executing agency) upon recommendation of ARCBC's Scientific Expert Committee.

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