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Norma Chan-Pongan

Norma Chan-Pongan, Philippines
Ms. Chan-Pongan’s technical expertise covers the field of community health and development, adolescent reproductive and sexual health, family Planning/reproductive health and coastal resource management. Other topics: program development and management, monitoring and evaluation, partnership and institutional capacity building, training and facilitating workshops, formulating policy advocacy plans, behavioral change communication, strategic communication, appreciative community mobilization (ACM), participatory governance and networking and resource mobilization.

Currently National Program Coordinator for Population Health and Environment of the Save the Children US/ Philippine Country Office.  May 2001 to 2004: Project Team Leader of the People and Environment Co-existence Development Project (PESCO-Dev – pioneering PHE project in the Philippines). -Provided leadership and technical guidance in reviewing, formulating, and implementing operating plans, targets and goals. -Ensured the integration of population, health and environment dimension in the annual development plans of the Local Government Units. -Provided technical guidance in the development/formulation of key legislative and policy issuances.  -Initiated the development of appropriate research, monitoring and evaluation tools on Family Health, Family Planning, Reproductive Health  /ARSH and Coastal Resource Management and -Collaborated in the design of activities, materials and tools for the implementation of Appreciative Community Mobilization (ACM), Behavior Change Communication , Advocacy and Partnership Building, in all project sites.

From 1995 to 2001: Regional Coordinator, Medical Action Group. 1992-1994: Executive Director of the HELP-Panay project (Health and Education for the Less Privileged-Panay), at the same time: Program Officer, AusAid funded project, the “Community Health HIV/AIDS Education: Philippine Program”.

From 1988 to 1991: Regional Training Officer, Center for the Advancement of Training and Community Health Services (CATCHS) and Program Area Coordinator, Training and Educational  Assistance for Community Health (TEACH) from 1985 to 1987.

Current National Program Coordinator for PHE.  Lead designer, PHE projects, communication and learning materials, learning packages on capacity development activities for integrated PHE programming, documenting and packaging best PHE practices of STC , developing new PHE models and approaches, and for providing technical assistance to PHE “living universities” in the West Visayas Region. Active and sits as core group member of the National PHE network.

Key partners: WWF-Philippines; Conservation International; PATH Philippines; Philippine Legislators Committee for Population and Development; Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement; Balay, Inc., Employers Confederation of the Philippines; Philippine Business for Social Progress; Family Planning Organization of the Philippines; Alliance of Northern Iloilo for Health and Development; Local Government Units; Management Sciences for Health; Phansup; University of the Philippines and the Sagip Pasig Movement .

International partners: Philippine Reference Bureau; Izaac Walton League; National Audubon Society; the Sierra Club; National Wildlife Federation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

– Graduate of Veterinary Medicine, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, 1977 – 1983

– Certificate: Study of the Swedish Health Care System and Public Health Sector Unionism in Sweden and Finland, Swedish Health Workers Association, Stockholm, Sweden, March 1 – 31, 1991

– Certificate: Monitoring and Evaluation of Population and Reproductive Health Programs, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand, February 4 – 24, 2001

-Certificate: Communicating Research to Policy Makers, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand, January 19 – February 7, 2002

– Certificate: Development Management Course for Reproductive Health Executives,  Center for Development Management, Asian Institute of Management, Paseo De Roxas, Makati, Philippines, May 2005

– Training Certificates in:  Policy Advocacy; Spitfire Strategic Communications, Appreciative Community Mobilization; Family Planning and Reproductive Health; Adolescent and Reproductive and Sexual Health; Behavioral Change Communication and Project Proposal Development.

Latsamay Sylavong

Latsamay Sylavong

Country Programme Manager IUCN – The World Conservation Union


1. Work experience: Department of Forestry: silviculture research centre, community forestry, providing extension services, planning for reforestation in seven provinces, 8 years. IUCN Lao PDR programmes, NRM and development, more than ten years. I have cooperated with the Dept. of Forestry in protected area management, with the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institution for the sustainable use of “non-timber forest products” and with the Department of Environment collaborating in environmental assessment and assisting government partners in international fora and the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements (together with UNDP, CITES secretariat, TRAFFIC, CBD, and Ramsar Secretariat). I also interacted closely with other international non-government organizations as WWF and WCS for sharing information and lessons learned.

Throughout this period, I had opportunity to be in charge of the office (1999 – 2004) and a direct role as IUCN Programme Manager in key project preparation, technical assistance, and implementation. My most recent assignment with IUCN was as Project Coordinator for strengthening our key partners (third party environmental monitoring in the road Projects – ADB projects), as advisor to CTA (e.g., facilitating workshops, leading field missions and trainings) I also had a great opportunity to lead development of the IUCN Strategic Programme (2002-2006) by conducting workshops involving over 100 delegates from different provinces.

I led some key projects focused on sustainable management of natural resources with the aims of enhancing rural livelihoods, often for marginalized people within and around national protected areas. The projects also included conservation of the rich biological diversity, the improvement of sustainable use of non-timber products and raising awareness among local communities about conservation and regulation of hunting endangered species for trade. As a Programme Manager, I have increased my capacity to inspire and coach colleagues and at the same time maintain quality in delivery outputs. I have also taken on a role, together with Lao government official, to interact with stakeholders outside the project to exchange experiences, seek alliances and facilitate concrete cooperation. In my own view I am a good team builder, with my background as technical advisor and communicator with local knowledge.

2. Currently I oversee the implementation of all projects and office management, (especially protected areas review). I coordinate with key partners to carry out workplans, prepare proposals, raise funds. I lead the organisation in preparing strategic papers for decision makers, clarifying links between conservation and poverty alleviation through improved information sharing and cooperative learning. I also take the lead in improving communications, planning and collaborating across sectors, especially with CITES, Ramsar Pre-accession, and Natural World Heritage. I lead IUCN’s role as information hub on environment issues for a variety of stakeholders through internal information management and accessibility, active external information sharing and linking with support from IUCN Global network.

3. Education background:

Masters Degree in Community Forestry, Melbourne University, Australia, 1998

Post Graduate Diploma in Agroforestry, Melbourne University, Australia, 1993

M.Sc. in Forestry Science, Czechoslovakia, 1984

B.Sc. in Forestry Science, Czechoslovakia, 1984

Many other trainings: Project Management, Assessment training on Integrated Planning and Natural Resources Management, Gilgit, Pakistan, 2000 Monitoring and Evaluation of Human and Ecosystem Wellbeing India, 1998 Course on Farm Forestry / NTFP Improvement, China, 1989

Course in Community Forestry, Thailand, 1988

Alifah Sri Lestari

Alifah Sri Lestari

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Environmental Services Program (ESP), USAID


1. I have more than 15 years of experience in program management, especially monitoring and evaluation and participatory-based training programs in the Farmer Field School Approach to ecologically-friendly agriculture in Indonesia and across Asian countries. The training includes community-based participatory planning and monitoring, action research, ecological research, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training. I have expertise in sustainable agriculture training, community organizing, and rural livelihood development, adult and non-formal education, gender issues, advocacy, and field staff and office management.

I have worked since February 2005 with a USAID-funded Environmental Services Program as a Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist. We work closely with national and local governments, NGOs, media, universities, other donors (international and national), the private sector and community groups to promote better health through improved water resources management and expanded access to clean water and sanitation services. In this position, My roles and responsibilities:

1.      Developand maintain Performance Monitoring Plan with associated intake forms and reporting tools in order to efficiently and effectively monitor quantitative ESP impacts against USAID/BHS indicators;

2.      Development and maintenance of Longitudinal Studies as tools for measuring qualitative ESP impacts over time through a combination of written, photographic and possibly video case studies;

3.      Training and capacity building of ESP staff in tools related to M&E activities that support timely and efficient reporting; and

4.      Gender support within ESP, including mainstreaming of gender awareness in ESP program management and field implementation.

Before working with the USAID’s ESP, I was the executive director of FIELD Indonesia Foundation (Farmer’s Initiatives for Ecological Livelihood and Democracy), 1/2001 – 1/2005. I mainly coordinated donors and partners (international and national institutions)and the implementation of FIELD programs, developed proposals to be submitted to the FIELD’s donors, and communicates with the FIELD Board of Directors and Advisory Team.

I spent time mostly with the FAO UN Programme for Community IPM in Asia (11/1991) and completed this assignment after being selected as the Executive Director of FIELD Indonesia Foundation. In this project, I developed a groundbreaking study of insect and rice ecology. I used my scientific education in Agriculture (entomology) not only in Rice Field Ecology but also with other crops, such as secondary crops and vegetables. I played an important role on translating the result of ecology research into an IPM training activity through the Farmer Field School especially for IPM field leaders, IPM trainers and IPM farmers. As the coordinator of the Asian Trainers’ since 1998, I coordinated and facilitated the exchange of IPM field leaders, trainers and farmers within the National IPM Programme across Asia.

BA, Brawijaya University (Malang, Indonesia) in 1991. National and international training courses: Plant Genetic Resource (SEARICE, 1996); Biological Control for Vegetable Crops (Clemson University, 1997); English for Second Language and Participatory Training Management (ITD-Amherst, 1997-1998); Participatory Advocacy (IPD-SEACA, 2002).

Emmanuel Binyuy Wirsiy

Wirsiy Emmanuel Binyuy has 20 years experience in nature conservation. He is the Director of Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch (CAMGEW) a new non profit he created along with other young people. Presently, Emmanuel (Apiculture and Nature Conservation Campaigner) and the CAMGEW team work on environmental education in schools and communities, Forest regeneration and conservation, apiculture especially the Oku White Honey Value Chain Development, CAMGEW HONEYSHOP,  peasant women microfinance, vocational training, agroforestry, fight against domestic violence, sounselling for women and girls and women and youth empowerment. Our activities are more centred around Kilum-Ijim forest area in the North West Region of Cameroon.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Enironmental Restoration and Rehabilitation from the University of Yaounde I Cameroon and a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science. While in the University of Buea for undergraduate studies he was columnist in a national newspaper producing environmental articles on various environmental problems
faced by Cameroon and proposing solutions to them. He worked with Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund (CWAF) from 2001 with primates and also on environmental education.

He has done certificate training courses in Environmental Leadership at the University of California, Berkeley; on Environmental Change maker from University of Bern, Switzerland; Agroforestry from Trees for the Future, USA; Creative Environmental Leadership from Creative Action Institute, USA and Conflict Analysis from United State Institute of Peace.

Emmanuel earlier worked with Global Village Cameroon (GVC) from 2004 to 2008.
While in GVC he led campaigns on energy, forest and climate change. He campaigned to protect Deng Deng forest from being flooded by the Lom Pangar dam. This campaign also had as objective to protect gorillas and other wildlife in the forest that were poached by local people. Emmanuel also worked on forest governance, building capacity of forest communities in the East Region of Cameroon on how to follow-up and get forest royalties from timber exploiters (forest benefit sharing). He initiated the biofuel campaign in GVC to prevent biofuel investors from converting food crops to biofuel, tropical forest (in the Congo Basin) and agricultural land to biofuel plantations and finally from destroying the rich cultures, traditions, rights and languages of local people. He used the media, press, the created civil society multi-stakeholder platform and workshops with local communities to bring about behavioural change and influence government environmental policies. While in GVC he worked in collaboration with French Development Agency, World Bank; international organizations like International Rivers, African Rivers Network and Bank Information Center; and national organizations like CED, RELUFA, FOCARF, to build a strong campaign on the Lom Pangar Project and protect the Deng Deng forest. Emmanuel has participated in many trainings and workshops nationally and out of Cameroon on environmental and developmental issues like Gaining Public Acceptance organized by UNDP Kenya, Building Future Entrepreneur and Environmental Impact Assessment. He took part in the World Bank organized Development Marketplace competition in Ghana and won a project to provide energy and portable water from solar to Ngangha community in Adamaoua Region of Cameroon. Emmanuel is very fluent in English and to a degree in French.

He left GVC in 2008 ending to work with CAMGEW a non profit that he was a founding member where he has coordinated CAMGEW’s activities. Emmanuel is specialized as Apiculture and Nature Conservation Campaigner where he offers his services in apiculture and forest conservation activities since 2011. CAMGEW from 2012 to 2018 under the leadership and technical support of Wirsiy Emmanuel planted 75000 bee loving trees in the Kilum-Ijim forest and trained 1018 bee farmers in honey production and bees wax extraction. She has also distributed more than 895 beehives to trained bee farmers. She has organized more than 1000 bee farmers into 5 Oku White Honey cooperatives located around Kilum-Ijim forest and created a CAMGEW HONEYSHOP in Bamenda to convert bee farmers honey to money in town.. 772 farmers have been trained on agroforestry techniques. As of December 2018 about 1580 women have been trained on business skills and 1325 women received financial assistance in form of loans. 24 teenage boys and girls have been trained on dress making, shoe making and hair dressing. CAMGEW has also developed 3 tree nurseries with more than 150.000 trees.

Wirsiy still won the World Bank Development Market Place organized in Cameroon in July 2010 under CAMGEW on Oku Community forest for benefit sharing with activities on apiculture and forest rehabilitation.

Wirsiy Emmanuel and CAMGEW will ike to thank the following partners for always supporting them financially, morally and technically: MIVA Switzerland, Both ENDS -Netherlands, French IUCN, Future in Our Hands-UK, Plant a Tree in Africa – UK, Swisshand Foundation-Switzerland, Bees for Development – UK, Hub Cymru Africa – UK,  Man & Nature-France, Mane-France, Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW)-UK, Well Grounded, New England Biolabs Foundation –USA, Pollination Grant, Stichting OOK – Netherlands, Groupe SOS – France,  AIMF – France, Cameroon Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, BERUDA, CCREAD, Oku Rural Radio, Bui Community Radio, Creative Action Institute – USA, PPI-FFEM – France, Oku Honey Cooperative Society, Cameroon Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry(MINEPIA), Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family.

Pradeep Kumar

Experience: Indian Forest Service Officer currently working as Conservator of Forests in charge of Preparation of Management Plan for forests in Sikkim state of India.

Head of Climate Change Cell in the Department of Forests, Environment and Wildlife Management.

Head of Sustainable Forest Management Cell in the Department of Forests, Environment and Wildlife Management.

Extensive experience of working in senior positions in various sectors of forestry

Education: Basically an Engineer with Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) and Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Civil Engineering from The Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi India.

M.Sc. (Forestry) from Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun, India.

Course   on   “Leadership and Adaptive Management in Forest Environment” at the International Agricultural Center, Wageningen, Netherlands.

Course   on   “Global Environment: Science and Policy” and “International Cooperation and Development” at the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan.

Course   on “Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS in Forestry” from ITC, Netherlands.

Course   on   “Emission Trading for Emerging and Developing Countries” from International Carbon Action Partnership, Hague, The Netherlands.

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