Biodiversity Monitoring and Law Enforcement

Recognizing the importance of biodiversity conservation and the right of indigenous peoples (IPs) to manage and use the resources in their ancestral domains, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and local government units established an inclusive law enforcement and biodiversity monitoring system, in which IPs are included in the protected area governance structures and peacefully interact with other stakeholders. The monitoring is done through a combination of scientific and indigenous monitoring techniques by a multi-stakeholder team that includes academic researchers, DENR officers, and members of community-based law enforcement groups. The results are presented to the PAMB and serve as bases for decision-making.