On 31 October to 03 November 2022, Dr. Rogelio T. Andrada II and For. Myranel S. Canceran, park manager and staff, respectively, of the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve ASEAN Heritage Park, participated in the Seventh ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference (AHP7), held at the Novotel Bogor Golf Resort and Convention Center in Bogor, Indonesia. The Mount Makiling Forest Reserve was declared as 33rd ASEAN Heritage Park in October 2013.
The theme of AHP7 was “Healing Nature and People: The Role of AHPs in Ecosystem Protection and Pandemic Recovery”. The conference aimed to assess the role of AHPs in ecosystem protection and pandemic recovery through enhanced knowledge and skills on planning and implementing ecosystem management, restoration strategies, and building resilience. It is also aimed to improve the AHP network and strengthen camaraderie among AHP managers, members of the AHP Committee, and the ASEAN Working Group on Nature Conservation and Biodiversity (AWGNCB), as well as key stakeholders and conservation partners. It is organized by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and hosted by the Republic of Indonesia, in partnership with its Directorate of Biodiversity Conservation of Species and Genetics, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and with support from various development partners.
The other activities in the conference also include the AHP Managers meeting, Market Place and Exhibit, launching of the book entitled: “Field Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Mudspring area, Mount Makiling Forest Reserve, Philippines”, co-authored by For. Leilani A. Castillo and Mr. Nick M. Manlisis of the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems, and a field visit to Situgunung Ecotourism Site, Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, West Java, Indonesia.
For more details of the conference, please see links below:
Myranel S. Canceran, UES II, MCME and Leilani A. Castillo, UR III, MCME
Rogelio T. Andrada II, Myranel S. Canceran, and Nick M. Manlisis