ASEAN Biodiversity Center Head Named

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A Filipino forester-lawyer was appointed as the new head of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) based in Los Banos, Laguna.

A forester and lawyer, Roberto Oliva bested applicants from other ASEAN member-countries for the ACB executive director position, a title previously held by forester and biodiversity expert Rodrigo Fuentes until he passed away in August, 2012.

Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio Jr. of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and member of the ACB Governing Board and acting ACB Executive Director announced Oliva's appointment. Oliva took his oath of office last April 23.

He specializes in natural resources law and policy, and has over 30 years of professional experience in the areas of forestry, protected areas, environment and natural resources management.

He graduated from the University of the Philippines-College of Forestry and Natural Resources (UP-CFNR) in 1978 as a government scholar and was a recipient of the Society of Filipino Foresters Award on Leadership. He finished his law degree in 1984, and in 1988, completed a Senior Fellowship at the ASEAN Institute of Forest Management in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he wrote a book entitled "Harmonization of Forest Policies in the ASEAN Region".

Oliva was a professorial lecturer of the UP-CFNR where he taught forestry laws, rules and regulations, forest policies and forest administration subjects. He was also a lecturer in the Graduate Program of the Development Academy of the Philippines handling the legal framework for biodiversity conservation. …