Lake Mainit Environment Governance Experience Shared by LMDA Director

By: Omar C. Barillo

The Lake Mainit Development Alliance (LMDA) Program Director, Engr. Kaiser B. Recabo, Jr. is one of the invited presenters during the 3-day Forum on PACAP and the Environment with a theme: “Building Community Resilience, Sustaining Development” held at Dotties Place Hotel on April 15 – 17, 2010. Engr. Recabo speaks about LMDA experience on environment governance and lake protection as an institution responsible in resources conservation and development for the lake ecosystem.  He made mention of the crafting of the Lake Mainit Unified Fishery Ordinance as one of the keys to proper and systematic management of this God given bounty.

The first keynote speaker on the 1st day is Commissioner Lucille Sering – Chief of the Climate Change Commission, Office of the President with her opening salvo on the worldwide campaign on climate change and discusses the status of the Philippine Government’s environment effort and challenges. Ms. Maria Anna Orquiza – Senior Programme Officer of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) with her topic on “Environment and Climate Change Strategy for the Australian Development Assistance”. She made emphasis on the investments and assistance of AusAID in Asia and the Philippines through environment projects dealing directly and indirectly on addressing climate change.

The forum has 3 technical sessions with 4 case presentations each. The 3 sessions cover environmental governance, sustainable development and managing for climate variability and disasters. The forum speakers who shared their success stories and experiences before grasping the fruit of their labor are leaders coming from different successful PACAP assisted projects. Strategies, systems and lessons learned were unleashed by these competent individuals.

The 3 day forum were participated by approximately 130 participants from the 5 FOCAS Provinces and RAS projects throughout the Philippines to tackle issues that evolved on the global problem on climate change.

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