100+ Environmentalists Joining National Envi Summit in Talisay
About 150 environmentalists from all over the country will converge in Negros Occidental to attend the 2017 National RAC Partners Meeting hosted by the Foundation for Philippine Environment (FPE) with a theme; Celebrating Connectedness Through Conservation, on November 14-17 at Nature’s Village Resort, Talisay City.
FPE, at the forefront of environmental conservation and protection in the country, will look back and recognize results of their work and that of the their partners in the last 25 years as well as map out and calibrate the FPE National Environmental Agenda based on the national state of biodiversity and other related issues.
Local partners, Negros Economic Development Foundation (NEDF) who is helping organize the event will extend the welcome through Ramon Peñalosa, Jr. and Wilhelmina Gonzales, also Treasurer and Members of FPE’s Board of Trustees.
Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines–National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) and also former Vice-chair and FPE Board of Trustees will give the Keynote Address during the Opening Ceremony at 1:30p.m. today (Nov. 14).
DENR’s Director for Biodiversity Management Bureau, Dr. Mundita Lim will present the state of the Philippine Biodiversity and the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP) at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow (Nov. 15), followed by a presentation on “The Climate Crisis” by Dr. Lourdes Simpol, Chair and CEO of FPE’s Board as well as Director of the Tropical Institute for Climate Studies at the Ateneo de Davao while Oliver Agoncillo, FPE Executive Director, will talk on Civil Society’s Contribution to NBSAP based on the organization’s experience.
There will also be talks tackling Climate Change Adaptation/Mitigation, on Food Security and Safety anchored on the principle that “no Filipino should go hungry” in his homeland and on Water Security and Sustainability based on actual experience and best practices by partner organizations.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. will host the Governor’s/Gala Night where institutional and individual FPE partners will be recognized for their contribution to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development on the second day. The Governor will also receive a plaque of recognition from FPE and its partners for “upholding the seal of good environment governance” in the province under his leadership.
The conference will end with a manifesto of support and renewal of commitment from partner organizations to work towards environmental sustainability.*