Everyone is invited to participate in the upcoming National Conference on Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management, themed "Learning Lessons, Sharing Knowledge: Strengthening the Role of INREM in Sustainable Development" on July 16-18, 2014 at UPLB, College, Laguna.
The Philippines’s natural resources and environment remain to be under enormous threat. Here are the facts in the last two decades:
- Forests have continued to decline due to small-scale illegal logging, an important source of livelihood for many upland communities.
- Watersheds have deteriorated as a result of population pressures, putting a lot of stress on the soil and water resources, including the forest cover.
- The Philippines is regarded as one of the critical hotspots, with more than 800 of its plant and animal species threatened with extinction.
- As forest cover dwindles, soil erosion worsens leading to downstream siltation of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, coastal and marine ecosystems.
- Most rivers and lakes are highly polluted with settlements and industries dumping organic matter, chemical and heavy metal pollutants into them, contributing to declining fish productivity.
- Most of the coral reef areas in the country, the second largest in Southeast Asia, are suffering from overexploitation due to the rapid growth of population in coastal areas (Spalding, et al., 2001).
- Many mangrove forests in the Philippines have suffered from massive conversion into fishponds. In attempting to provide solutions to the degradation across landscapes, a piece meal approach to problem analysis and solving will not be effective.
The appropriate approach is to holistically look at the direct and indirect drivers of resources degradation and how these drivers can be dealt with through integrated solutions.
The main objective of the conference is to strengthen the role of INREM in Sustainable Development.
Specifically, the activity aims to:
- Bring together INREM stakeholders in the country and facilitate sharing of ideas;
- Synthesize knowledge about INREM-related initiatives on lake and river basins, landscapes, small islands, and rural-urban areas;
- Establish a network among INREM stakeholders in the country; and to
- Develop an INREM Research, Development and Extension (RDE) agenda for the country.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Everyone is also invited to submit papers for the conference on the following themes:
- Lake and river basins
- Small islands
- Rural-urban areas
The focus of paper presentations should be on the following:
- Policy and Governance
- Socio-economic Analysis
- Pollution and Environmental Degradation
- Waste Management
- Human Settlements
- Indigenous Knowledge System on Natural Resource Management (NRM)
Submissions should include the Title, Name of the Authors, Abstract, all in 300 words.
Deadline of submission is on May 31, 2014. Notice of acceptance will be issued on June 15, 2014.
- 3,500 Php inclusive of conference kit, lunch and two snacks per day
- 2,500 Php – students (must present valid ID)
- 3,000 Php – Early Bird registration (May 31)
Submit now and register by May 31, 2014 to benefit from early bird registration fees.