ADMU holds 1st State of the Mangroves: Northwestern Luzon

IMG_5517The Department of Environmental Science of the Ateneo de Manila University successfully hosted the 1st State of the Mangroves Summit: Northwestern Luzon on October 23-24, 2014, with more than 50 participants coming from the academe, national agencies, various NGOs, and local government units found along the coast of Northwestern Luzon.

The summit, which was carried out with support from the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR – BMB), and Conservation International – Philippines (CI-P), served as a venue for participants to share and discuss data on the status of mangroves in their respective localities. Information drawn from the summit will be integrated into a consolidated mangrove database that will be made accessible to everyone.

Being the first of its kind to be held in the country, the summit will also serve as a precedent for a bigger national summit on mangroves to take place on a regular biannual basis, and an initial step towards the formulation of a national plan of action to enhance mangrove management in the country.

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