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Mindanao communities join conservation of biodiversity campaign

ABS-CBN reporter discusses the roles of a Green patroller, a part of the media network's Bantay Kinaiyahan project

Recent flashfloods in Davao del Sur, Philippines killed three and displaced hundreds of people. This was still fresh in the minds of over 100 community members when they participated at a Climate Change Forum on March 11, 2011 supported by USAID through the EcoGov Project. Through the forum, USAID helped the participants understand the effects of sea level rise and biodiversity loss and how adaptive strategies can be framed in the context of integrated area management. The Mt. Apo Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) supported and participated in the forum. The Mt. Apo Chamber of Commerce and SPAMAST partnered to implement the “Bring Back Davao Biodiversity” advocacy and coin bank campaign. The campaign also aims to mobilize 1,000 students at SPAMAST to become long term biodiversity advocates.