PAFERN organized a Training-Workshop on Documentation and Assessment of Different Agroforestry Models in the Philippines” on May 14-15, 2009 at the University of the Philippines Los Banos, Laguna. The activity was part of PAFERN’s special project on “Building Institutional Capacities on Documentation and Assessment of Different Agroforestry Models in the Philippines” funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) through SEANAFE.
The two-day training-workshop aimed to: a) share the UPLB-IAF’s experiences in conducting the documentation and assessment of agroforestry models; b) review and improve the data gathering guide; c) enhance knowledge and skills in conducting biodiversity assessment and carbon stock assessment; and, d) identify the potential agroforestry models for documentation by the participating faculty members.
Fifteen (15) PAFERN member-institutions were represented in the training-workshop, namely: Benguet State University (BSU); Abra State Institute of Science and Technology (ASIST); Kalinga-Apayao State College (KASC); MOuntain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC); Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU); Isabela State University (ISU); Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC); Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT); Camarines Sur State Agricultural College (CSSAC); Aklan State University (ASU); Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology(MOSCAT); Central Mindanao University (CMU); Southern Philippines Agribusiness, Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST); and Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology (SNCAT). These institutions are expected to serve as collaborators of PAFERN to conduct the assessment of different agroforestry models in their respective areas from June to July 2009. Part of their commitments in the project are the provision of staff time, additional funds, and sharing of research results for consolidation and submission to SEANAFE in August 2009.