Issue of November 10, 2019
Mt. Province
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DENR set for reg’l confab on sustainable landscapes
by DENR release

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources attended the 78th International Federation of Landscape Architects-Asia Pacific Region (IFLA-APR) Congress hosted by the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects (PALA).

The event held Nov. 7 to 9 in Cebu City, is one of the biggest gatherings of landscape architects and representatives of various disciplines from across and beyond the Asia Pacific region.

Over 300 participants attended the congress.

The DENR has supported PALA in hosting this year’s IFLA-APR Congress, which carries the theme “CommonsSense: Linking the commons and engaging the community in sustainable development.”

Sec. Roy A. Cimatu said the theme is relevant as it highlights the role of design in promoting social and environmental sustainability in a time of climate change.

“We hope that the congress will generate valuable knowledge to make communities sustainably safer, healthier and more conducive to productivity amid the adverse impacts of climate change,” Cimatu said.

During the plenary sessions, DENR senior officials  gave insights on how the Philippine government manages and responds to human and environmental pressures affecting coastal and marine ecosystems.

DENR Asec. Gilbert Gonzales discussed the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay, particularly the effect of land-based pollution to its waters and marine biodiversity, and the government’s efforts to bring back the historic water body to its pristine state.

The DENR continues to seek ways to address the massive volume of land-based pollution brought about by communities and industries surrounding Manila Bay.

Asec. Marcial Amaro, Jr. tackled the Boracay experience, particularly on how the government had successfully prevented further degradation of its coastal and marine environments during the six months the island was closed for rehabilitation last year.

Asec. and concurrent Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Ricardo Calderon discussed the measures undertaken to efficiently manage the conservation of the country’s coral reefs and fish diversity through the establishment of marine protected area networks.

PALA is the sole national organization representing the profession of landscape architecture.

It advocates the creation and management of ecologically sound, habitable, and aesthetically-pleasing environments through landscape design.

It also assists in raising the standard of education through accreditation of Landscape Architecture Programs.

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