The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) under the Operations Division recently underwent a training on LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System, an innovative technology enabling communities and the government to protect forests and wildlife living therein.

During the training on February 8-10 at Palawan Sustainable Development Training Institute, resource managers, data managers, patrol organizers and forest patrollers were identified.

They were trained on the following aspects of the Lawin System:

  • Designing of a conservation area (forest protection area) that needs to be protected through regular, systematic patrolling and the formulation of measurable conservation targets
  • Designing of patrol sectors and patrol routes for a conservation area
  • Appreciating indicator species and learn the process of identifying these
  • Conducting of actual patrols and recording of patrol data on forest condition, threats and wildlife using CyberTracker app
  • Syncing of patrol data, introduction on performing queries and generation of reports in SMART software

LAWIN, named after the local name of the Philippine Hawk Eagle (Nisaetus philipensis), applies a science-based planning, user-friendly technology, and indigenous knowledge to protect forests and the wildlife that depends on these.

LAWIN keeps watch over natural forests and helps communities and government focus conservation efforts where they are need most.

Launched in March 2016, LAWIN was jointly developed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the United States Agency for International Development under the Philippines Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program.

B+WISER aims to conserve biodiversity in forest areas, reduce forest degradation in targeted locations, build capacity for biodiversity conservation and forest management, and contribute to disaster risk reduction at the subnational level.

It was incepted in 2013 and has been piloted in seven sites in the country. Now its final year, the program, meanwhile, has included Palawan as its expansion area.