Bearing some semblance of an epic saga, the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) formally ended its operations that culminated in an Exit Conference and Closing Event at the Timberland Highlands Resort, San Mateo, Rizal last April 21 and 22. It was a fitting end to a nine-year journey that began in 2013 and saw several rounds of renegotiation that resulted in two project extension periods.
With the theme “Sustaining the Gains and Synergy,” the event gathered the project stakeholders once more, either in person or virtually, with some wanting to reminisce past experiences and meet colleagues of old, and others looking forward to the project gains and ways to sustain them. It showcased the innovations, insights, recommendations, and success stories of the communities involved.
Comprehensive and in-depth discussions on key thematic areas that were either initiated or accomplished by INREMP highlighted the conference. These were facilitated by panelists who lent their valuable expertise for the successful implementation of the project.
Dr. Manuel L. Bonita of the Center for Environmental Studies and Management (CESM) led the discussion on People’s Organization Accreditation System; Dr. Rodel Lasco, a climate change expert and the team leader of INREMP-ICRAF group, on Commercial Forestry Investment Subproject Model; Project Director Emma C. Asusano of DTI-NLIU on the DENR-DTI Partnership on Livelihood Enhancement Support (LES) Model; Dr. Cristino L. Tiburan Jr., INREMP’s GIS and Database Consultant, on Modeling of GIS-based Database for Future Scenarios of Forest Cover; and Dr. Ernesto S. Guiang, INREMP Management Consultant, on INREMP Sustainability Plan. (FASPS/ Alliah Zain Delgado)