University of the Philippines Los Baños
Friday, 18 November 2016 00:00

Taking a big leap towards a sustainable future for Laguna de Bay

It is high time to ask and look into how Laguna de Bay is faring 10 years after the conduct of the Philippine Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA).

UPLB is leading such an initiative through the Lake Ecosystem Assessment in the Philippines (LEAP 2016), a science and policy forum which will be held on Nov. 22-23 at Summit Ridge Hotel in Tagaytay City, Philippines.

The forum will pave the way for government agencies, non-profit and private institutions, research agencies, and other lake stakeholders to discuss the latest findings on Laguna de Bay.

The presentations will tackle major aspects of Laguna de Bay and its watershed – geophysical baseline, water quality, fisheries, tourism, socio-economics and research frontiers – and will open topics for further discussions and comments from various stakeholders.

The presentations, comments, and suggestions will serve as inputs for crafting the multi-sectoral policy recommendations on rehabilitating the water quality of Laguna de Bay.

LEAP 2016 is part of an ongoing research program funded by the UP System Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) Grant that aims to provide the most recent set of information for setting the directions for a sustainable Laguna de Bay. The event is also supported by the National Research Council of the Philippines-Department of Science and Technology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau and Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit. (Heidi D. Mendoza)