Filipino Scientists Meet to Discuss Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Resilience to Climate Change
To prepare for the new Global Development Agenda planned for 2015 and beyond (also referred to as the Post MDG period), the University of the Philippines-Visayas in partnership with Manila Observatory organized the “International Scientific Conference on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences: Towards Disaster and Climate Resilience (ISCFAS)” at the Diversion 21 Hotel, Iloilo City on 22-23 Oct 2014.
The conference provided insights and case examples from the Philippines and other countries on the use of theories, plans and actions that may be instructive for development and policy changes and transitions.The Conference combined the expertise of UP-Visayas and Manila Observatory in the fields of coastal ecosystems, fisheries and aquatic resources, and climate and disaster risks to seek solutions to the challenges posed by climate change and extreme weather conditions, and to ensure food security, resilience and inclusive development in local communities.
A total of 188 delegates from different institutions, agencies, organizations, colleges, and universities from the country and abroad participated in the conference. Foreign and local scientists and researchers were invited to present plenary papers based on the various topics derived from the theme of the conference.Representatives from various sectors served as panel speakers on the “Discussion on Yolanda and Extreme Climate Events: Rehabilitation and Recovery Framework of the Philippines” as follows: Ms. Juzzara Simbulan of Shell Corporation representing the private sector; Mr. Mariano Cordero of the Iloilo Provincial Rehabilitation and Recovery Office and Mr. Kenga Shandralingam from UN-OCHA Region VI representing the government sector; Ms. Jessica Dator-Bercilla of Christian Aid-UK representing NGOs.
In all, 35 research papers were presented during the concurrent sessions of the conference while 40 scientific posters were mounted for exhibits.
The organizers of the ISCFAS 2014 during the ribbon cutting ceremony (from L to R: Dr. Rommel A. Espinosa (UPV Chancellor), Dr. Alfredo E. Pascual (UP System President), Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ (Ateneo de Manila University President), Mrs. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga (Executive Director of Manila Observatory and Science and Technology Committee member of PH NatCom) and Dr. Harold Monteclaro (Chair of Committee for the Scientific Posters)