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Atty. Jonas Leones, DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs, delivers the keynote address


          Together with representative from its partner People’s Organizations and the regional offices, the Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management Project – National Project Coordinating Office (INREMP-NPCO) joined the Second International Conference on Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management (INREM) at the Philippine International Convention Center last November 20-22, 2019.


          The three-day conference, organized by the Interdisciplinary Studies Center for INREM under the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR) in University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) together with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), aimed to share knowledge and experiences in mainstreaming INREM in local governance and sustainable development among the participants from various sectors such as the academe, research, environment and natural resources management practitioners, local government agencies, and non-government organizations (NGOs).


          It was also co-organized by local institutions, and government agencies such as the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP RI), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Tan Yan Kee Foundation Inc., Forest Foundation Philippines and international partners such as the Thünen Research Institute and Landscape Forestry in the Tropics (LaForeT).


          The conference was also attended by Usec.  Jonas. R. Leones, DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs, where he delivered DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu’s keynote address. Sec. Cimatu encouraged everyone, through his speech, to take this opportunity not just to learn new knowledge but to also share one’s stories and expertise and collaborate with one another to achieve sustainable management of our natural resources and environment.


          INREMP’s paper presentations centered on its innovative practices during the project’s implementation in the last six years. Four abstracts were submitted and presented to the conference, highlighting the Project’s efforts in continuing its initiatives in sustainable watershed management in its areas in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region VII, Region X, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).


          The presentation entitled “Application of Indigenous Knowledge System for Natural Resources” presented 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” presented 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” For. Johanna San Pedro, INREMP NPCO Operations Unit Head; and “System Synergy: INREMP’s Integrated Project Management Information System” which was presented by Jayson Guevarra, INREMP NPCO MIS Specialist.


          Furthermore, the Forestland Management Project (FMP) and the DENR River Basin Control Office (RBCO) were also present in the conference where they each submitted and presented two papers.