DENR automates the issuance of permits for trade in flora and fauna
The Philippine government has adopted the automated permitting system for trade in flora and fauna to improve the transparency of global trade and prevent illegal trade and sustainably develop the country’s biodiversity, Growth said. Features.com in a press release.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has started issuing permits for electronic trade in flora and fauna in accordance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Quote).
The electronic platform will be via eCitesPH.com.
Information can be accessed anywhere, thus facilitating commerce. The electronic authorization system will be integrated into the country’s national single window system.
Through this process, international trade in endangered animals and plants will be easily monitored and controlled.
“The system will improve the control of international trade in endangered species. Automation of CITES processes will help enforce regulations, increase transparency and facilitate electronic data processing and exchange with Customs and other agencies, ”said Amelita Ortiz, Deputy Director of the Management Office of biodiversity (BMB).
“The electronic exchange of information will reduce the opportunities for corruption and the use of fraudulent documents in the trade in endangered species,” Ortiz added.
The DENR has used information technology to strengthen its capacity to train wildlife trade experts.
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the addition of two e-learning platforms “allows DENR to fulfill its mandate of educating people about the country’s wildlife resources despite the pandemic of Covid-19 prevailing “.
BMB introduced the Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement (BWLE) Online Training Course and Wildlife Podcast in the Philippines.
This project is part of the DENR-Asian Development Bank / Global Environment Facility project on combating environmental organized crime in the Philippines.
The project also involves assistance from the United States Department of the Interior’s International Technical Assistance Program – Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Project 3.
Modules in this e-learning project include Philippine Wildlife Law Enforcement; Species commonly implicated in wildlife crimes; Basic laws on the protection of wildlife resources; Other crimes against wildlife; Roles and responsibilities of government agencies in wildlife law enforcement; and procedural laws for the protection of wildlife.
Each year, the BMB issues more than 1,500 permits on a tedious manual basis.
But the new automated licensing system alleviates the burden of manual labor. This is in accordance with Republic Law 11032 of 2018, or Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Delivery of Government Services.
More than 38,700 species, including 5,900 animal species and 32,800 plant species, are protected by Cites, an international treaty signed by the Philippines. It entered into force in 1975.
Each species is under one of the three schedules depending on the degree of protection it needs.
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