Tanggol Kalikasan’s seminars on environmental governance are snowballing!
Municipal mayors had already been trained in exposure trips to South Korea, resulting in area specific action plans. The outputs were used in this latest session – in the second half of January in Alaminos City - with barangay captains and officials and municipal environmental officers.
The “Environmental governance training programme of Tanggol Kalikasan (TK)”, conducted in partnership with Central Luzon State University aims to build capacity of the local government officials from Olongapo City, and the municipalities of Subic and Cabangan, within Zambales.
The seminar used multi-media presentations, participatory drawing workshops and discussion groups to cover concepts on the environment, basic ecological concepts and best practices on Coastal Resource Management, Resource Valuation and Livelihood opportunities, Watershed Management and agroforestry and Solid Waste Management, input on environmental laws and rules of procedure on environmental cases. Topics included the propensities of mangrove and bamboo (apparently, not a tree!), the importance of fully including communities at all stages of eco-tourism, and climate change.
Knowledge networking and learning exchanges were done on exposure visits to mangrove forest of Brgy. Bued and the Hundred Islands National Park for Eco-tourism.
The evenings were spent chatting, singing karaoke and connecting with old friends; human capital is also an essential part of sustainable environmental change!
Participant Edgardo Balintos, the Barangay Captain of San Isidro Cabangan, commented,
“It was a good seminar. There was so much information about coastal resource management, eco-tourism management. It is so important for us, because our Barangay is coastal.
Before we did not know the laws of the environment, and as a Barangay Captain, I need to keep up with the law, I got so much information from research findings. The seminar will help us to implement eco-tourism and alleviate squatter problems. Before, there was a businessman in my town who made a new port to extend the coastal area; I want to implement eco-tourism there and rehabilitate mangroves. We experimented with mangroves before, but here I learned which are the most appropriate species to develop. It needs soil analysis so we can plant the appropriate mangrove.
This work with TK combines the environment and the people, for the good of the planet and all of us”
David Hampson, TK Volunteer
Photos by TK and CLSU