November 20-22, 2019 – The National Project Coordinating Office (NPCO) of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management Project (INREMP), together with its regional offices and representatives from its partner people’s organizations, joined the Second International Conference on Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management (INREM) at the Philippine International Convention Center.
The three-day conference was organized by the Interdisciplinary Studies Center for INREM of the University of the Philippines Los Baños-College of Forestry and Natural Resources (UPLB-CFNR) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Other institutions supporting the conference were the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP-RI), Tan Yan Kee Foundation Inc., Forest Foundation Philippines, and Thünen Research Institute and Landscape Forestry in the Tropics (LaForeT).
The event was a venue for sharing knowledge and experiences of various sectors, such as the academe, environment and natural resources management practitioners, local government agencies, and non-government organizations (NGOs) in mainstreaming INREM in local governance and sustainable development.
Atty. Jonas Leones, DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs, delivered the keynote address on behalf of DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu. He encouraged everyone to take the opportunity, not just to learn new knowledge, but also to share one’s stories and expertise and collaborate with one another to achieve sustainable management of our natural resources and environment.
INREMP’s presentations centered on the project’s innovative practices during its implementation in the last six years. These were the following:
- “Application of Indigenous Knowledge System for Natural Resources” by Ariel Erasga, INREMP-NPCO’s Community Development Specialist;
- “People’s Organizations’ Accreditation System: A Development Change for Productive Partners in Sustainable Management of Land and Forest Resources” by Dr. Manuel Bonita, from Center for Environmental Studies and Management (CESM);
- “Farmer Business Schools (FBS): A Gender-responsive and Climate Smart approach to Strengthen Farmer Entrepreneurship for Enhanced Livelihood in Agroforestry Context” by For. Johanna San Pedro, INREMP NPCO Operations Unit Head; and
- “System Synergy: INREMP’s Integrated Project Management Information System” by Jayson Guevarra, INREMP NPCO MIS Specialist.
(INREMP/ John Timothy B. Valenzuela)