A 5-day training on collaborative conflict management for enhanced nfps was held in the Philippines from 5 - 10 September 2010. The training was sponsored by the Forest Management Bureau of Philippines and drew 33 participants from all regions of Philippines. These were forestry officers, community development officers, and natural resources officers facing natural resources-related management conflicts.
The training was developed and conducted as part of the phased and mentored Training of Trainers (ToT) program on Conflict Management. This phase is meant to provide the ToT participants with an opportunity to apply what they learnt during the two weeks ToT program held in March 2010 in Bangkok. The training was conducted by the Philippines team consisting of Gwendolyn Bambalan and Janet Matires and were mentored by Antonia Engel (an International Consultant) and Fred Kafeero (FAO Forestry Department Staff). Mentoring was aimed at supporting the learning and development process of the individual trainers to enable them perform well in the in-country training. The mentors reviewed technical issues (participatory training techniques or conflict management) and broader organizational issues, including time management.
Overall, positive observations were mainly on the good understanding of the technical content of the training, the interactions between the two trainers that enabled them to work and support each other very well. They also interacted well with participants, setting a friendly and engaging learning atmosphere.