Left photo: ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado delivering the message during the opening program of the 2nd International Conference on Education, Environment, and Agriculture (ICEEA) which was held via Zoom and Facebook live. Right photo: DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Mindanao and Legislative Affairs Joan A. Lagunda presenting her topic during the conference.

Los Baños, Laguna – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) participated in the 2nd International Conference on Education, Environment, and Agriculture (ICEEA) on August 25-26, 2021 via Facebook Live and Zoom. For this year, the ERDB co-organized the ICEEA 2021.

Dr. Aries O. Ativo, Director for Research and Overall Chair of ICEEA 2021 from Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA), delivered the opening remarks in which he emphasized the importance of fostering communication among researchers and practitioners in environment, and agriculture with a common interest of improving the people’s lives.

Dr. Henry A. Adornado, Director of ERDB and event co-organizer, also delivered a message during the opening program.

He highlighted the call for solutions to address concerns on food security without putting more harm to the planet.

This means that the way we eat hugely affects our planet. It’s problematic as it is. And then all of a sudden, COVID-19 happened. The domino effect continues – economic decline, disrupted food production,  limited access to basic resources, unemployment, lack of livelihood, loss of income, rising food costs, malnutrition, hunger, and so on.” he said.

He also emphasized the importance of collaboration of different sectors in achieving a holistic and sustainable change.

DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Mindanao and Legislative Affairs Joan A. Lagunda presented her topic on Political Will in Local Governance: Its Impact on Solid Waste Management and National Security.

The results revealed that there is a weak commitment among key actors and lack of legislative and administrative frameworks on implementing solid waste management which could be addressed through multilevel governance structure and role, sustainable management of urban waste and resources, and capacity-building of LGU and implementers of RA 9003.

Dr. Aldrin A. Darilag of Commission on Higher Education, Dr. Quyen Dinh Ha of Community Development Agricultural Economics Vietnam National University of Agriculture, Dr. Andrew Flachs of Purdue University, and Dr. Komoko Adachi of Osaka Kyoiku University also attended the event.

As this period of global uncertainty unfolds, ICEEA aims to address the need for food and livelihood amidst these challenging times.

The conference gathered a community of scholars and researchers to set the urgency of the situation and explore creative and innovative solutions on making food systems and livelihoods sustainable.

ERDB is the research and development arm of the DENR. Its research, development and extension (RDE) activities are focused on the five major ecosystems of the Philippines which include forests, upland farms, grassland and degraded areas, coastal zone and freshwater, and urban areas.

Since 1987, ERDB has generated and disseminated various ENR technologies.

Among such technologies are mist and non-mist propagation protocol of forest tree species, seed technologies, nursery and plantation establishment, species-site suitability assessment, and forest protection and conservation techniques.

ERDB’s RDE efforts are aimed at sustainable management of the country’s ecosystems and natural resources, including the upliftment of the Filipino people’s quality of life. Allysa Marie C. Federio, TTD