GIAHS R&D lectures on Ifugao biodiversity conservation

Strengthening the twinning program between the Philippines and Japan through the Globally Important Agriculture and Heritage Systems (GIAHS) for sustainable development, a lecture on Ifugao ecology and biodiversity conservation was conducted at IFSU Review Center on September 13-14, 2018.

This training program is a capacity building project which aims to develop the technical and leadership skills of the trainees in the Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP) from the four GIAHS sites which includes the municipalities of Banaue, Hungduan, Kiangan and Mayoyao. The project is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency and implemented by the Ifugao GIAHS Support Committee in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan in cooperation with Ifugao State University, University of the Philippines – Open University and the Ifugao Provincial Local Government Unit.

The topics include the conservation of Ifugao biodiversity and its landscape which was discussed by Dr. Mary D. Baguilat, Chief Administrative Officer of the Ifugao Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office while the principles and concepts of ecology was discussed by Ms. Christine Dinagtuan, IFSU Director for Quality Assurance. Sustainable Forest Management was lectured by Dr. Milton Dulay, IFSU Director for Environmental Protection and Conservation while Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience were discussed by Mrs. Levita Camat and Mrs. Grace Dumangeng from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office. The solid waste management was lectured by Dr. Romeo Gomez, Jr. from Benguet State University.

There were 12 trainees who attended the lecture and likewise presented updates on their research proposal which is a requirement of the project. The panelists who evaluated their studies were Prof. Koji Nakamura of Kanazawa University, Japan; Dr. Romeo Gomez, Jr. of Benguet State University; Dr. Nancy Ann P. Gonzales, Dr. Napoleon K. Taguiling and Ms. Eulalie Dulnuan of Ifugao State University.#