ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, partners launch gender, biodiversity training materials

PASIG CITY, March 25 (PIA) -- The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, has launched a set of gender and biodiversity training materials for South East Asia and the Pacific designed to promote greater gender-responsiveness in biodiversity policy and programming.

The training materials, launched during a two-part webinar, include three modules containing a variety of exercises to address key gender concepts and biodiversity linkages, international policy commitments, and programming aspects. These were pilot-tested on 11 to 12 December 2019 in Manila, Philippines, through a regional Training of Trainers session, followed by the training of the ACB staff and other organisations.

Inputs from these sessions, with case studies from the ASEAN, helped in further developing these materials.

As part of the celebrations of International Women’s Day, and the Philippines’ National Women’s Month of March, the actual launch took place on 25 March 2021 via Zoom and Facebook live. Titled Gender Matters in Biodiversity Conservation: Launch of regional training materials, the online event moderated by Miss Earth England 2015 and Philippines Protected Area Ambassador, Ms. Katrina Kendall.

Before the launch, there was a review session with the participants of the previous workshops who shared their experiences and inputs on the dissemination of the materials and training of target actors in the region.

“More and more women are getting actively involved in nature conservation and resource management from the community to decision-making levels. Developing and disseminating this set of training materials that will serve as a tool to mainstream gender is a crucial step to enhance our efforts in biodiversity,” ACB Executive Director Theresa Mundita Lim said.

Among the resource persons in the webinar include Alexander Sheshtakov, Director of the Science Society and Sustainable Futures Division of Secretariat of the CBD; Ms. Tanya McGregor, Gender Programme Officer of the Secretariat of the CBD; Ms. Maricel Aguilar, Gender Specialist in Philippines; Dr. Mary Kristerie Baleva, ACB External Relations and Policy Specialist; and Ms. Katherine Viñegas, Senior Advisor of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH.

The initiative to develop regional training materials on gender and biodiversity began in late 2017, when the Secretariat of the CBD, with support from the Government of Sweden, United Nations Environment Programme’s Asia Pacific Office, and GIZ Philippines, held a consultative regional expert workshop on gender and biodiversity training materials in Bangkok, Thailand.

Participants from national governments, civil society, and international organizations in the South East Asia and Pacific regions contributed to the development of a rich compilation of knowledge, which informed a set of regional training materials. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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