The Biodiversity Finance Initiative – BIOFIN organized its 8th Regional Dialogue in Philippines. Day 2 of the Dialogue was a field visit at the Makiling Botanic Gardens. UNDP – BIOFIN is a global initiative working in 41 countries to design and implement finance mechanisms (Finance solutions) to support the conservation of biodiversity. The objectives of the visit are to showcase the beauty of the Philippines’ biodiversity, allow a dialogue between the PA’s representatives and the Workshop participants to explain with concrete examples, how PAs are funded and managed in the Philippines, and tie the BIOFIN community together around iconic activities as tree planting and visibility/communication activities. Participants of the training were from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Kazahkstan, Kyrygystan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Indonesia, Nepal, India, and Mongolia.
Day 2 of the program included a ceremonial tree planting of selected participants. The tree planting was held at the Flora Filipiniana which features the collection of the native plants of the Philippines. Five native species were planted.
After the tree planting, a short walking tour inside the garden followed by a short briefer or introduction about the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve ASEAN Heritage Park was led by For. Angela Limpiada.