DENR unveils website for environment data

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Called the Environment and Natural Resources Statistics Information Systems (ENRSIS), the site is a centralized database online destination that provides an integrated information bank on current environmental and natural resources (ENR) facts and figures. According to DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, the ENRSIS is a useful tool for the public and organizations and institutions pushing for sustainable development through effective environmental planning. ?By creating this centralized resource, the ENRSIS allows the public to use with greater efficiency the power of reliable information as a tool to empower themselves,? Paje said. The environment chief said that apart from serving as a repository of the government?s ENR data, the ENRSIS also facilitates easy collation and valid comparison of data across ENR sectors contained in a single format. He also cited the ENRSIS for its usefulness in enabling civil servants to make a qualitative analysis of government?s performance in its key ENR programs such as urban and rural poverty reduction through sound environment conservation and protection measures, land distribution, food production, and even climate change adaption. ?With the ENRSIS, it is now easier to track the progress we are making over a wide variety of concerns or to compare and analyze varying ENR policies being implemented,? Paje pointed out. Two Web portals were built to support ENRSIS users ? one for Land/Soil Resources Statistics (LSRS) and one for Water Resource Statistics (WRS). These portals contain data generated initially by some 13 agencies under a single format and will be updated regularly. The agencies under the WRS portal are the DENR?s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), National Water Resources Board (NWRB), Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), Local Water Utilities Administration, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), and Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). LSRS data, on the other hand, are sourced from the Department of Agriculture?s Bureau of Agriculture Statistics (BAS) and Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), and four DENR land-based agencies, namely, Forest Management Bureau (FMB), Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), Land Management Bureau (LMB) and the National Mapping Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA). ENRSIS is product of Memorandum Order 004-2007 issued by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) calling for the creation of an Inter-Agency Committee on ENR Statistics (IAC-ENRS) with the DENR acting as chair tasked ?to generate and compile environment statistics and environmental accounts on a regular basis.? The NSCB acts as vice chair of IAC-ENRS with members consisting of the BAS, BSWM, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Energy (DOE), and Department of Public Works and Highways. Other members include NWRB, Climate Change Commission Office, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), National Statistics Office (NSO), Foundation for Philippine Environment (FPE), the Senate Economic Planning Office (SEPO), Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI), and the University of the Philippines-Los Ba?os (UPLB). ]]>

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