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UPRI Supports the UPLB in the 2nd International Conference on Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management (INREM)

The UP Resilience Institute team joins the Interdisciplinary Studies Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management of the University of the Philippines Los Baños in their second international conference held on 20-21 November 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

With the theme, “Strengthening local governance for sustainable integrated natural resources and environment management”, the conference was participated by representatives from the Local Government Units, Academicians from various State Universities, officials from the DENR, International and Local Environment sector Consultants, Peoples’ Organizations, and concerned institutions and agencies.

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Participants of the 2nd International Conference on INREM during plenary session. Photo source: INREM 2019 photo gallery.

The conference served as an avenue for different groups and academic institutions to share and present the results of different environmental papers or studies through plenary and parallel sessions. In line with the objective of the conference to facilitate the sharing of ideas and experiences on local governance of natural resources and environmental management among stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific Region, Dr. Mahar Lagmay shared his advocacy on the use and generation of Probabilistic Hazard Maps to be used in CCA-DRR activities and efforts. In addition to this, he emphasized the advantages of open data system for DRR studies and developments and the importance of the same in the mainstreaming of INREM in local governance.

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Dr. Lagmay (left) of UP and Dr. Sven Günter (right) of Thünen-Institute answer questions during the open forum. Photo source: INREM 2019 photo gallery

One hundred and eighteen (118) papers/studies were presented in the plenary, parallel, and poster sessions. Out of total number of papers, 94 were delivered during the 12 parallel sessions, with four main themes namely: Small islands, Landscapes and seascapes, Lakes and river basins, and Rural-urban areas and their interrelationships. Three special sessions were done for the topics involving the LaForet (Landscape Forestry in the Tropics) project, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and undergraduate researches.

Included in the closing ceremony of the conference were the awarding of the four LGU champions in INREM, the awarding of the best undergraduate INREM research, and the giving of plaques of recognition to event co-organizers.

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During the awarding of INREM LGU Champions                    

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     During the awarding of best undergraduate INREM research

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    Photo of the plaque of recognition to UP RI