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FEATURED | 19 July 2024

Waypoints and UPLB-SESAM hold forum on science and maritime governance

In partnership with the University of the Philippines Los Baños – School of Environmental Science and Management (UPLB-SESAM), Waypoints held a forum titled “Science and Maritime Governance: Navigating Governance, Conservation, and Sustainable Exploitation” on the 12th of July 2024.

Distinguished speakers were featured who offered their valuable insights and expertise on the relevant issues of maritime governance including Atty. Neil Silva of the University of the Philippines – Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea (UP-IMLOS), Dr. Ben Malayang III, Adjunct Professor of UPLB-SESAM, Mr. Deryck Baladjay, Marine Pollution Research Lead of The Waypoints Project, and Dr. Rosalie Arcala Hall, the Executive Director of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (CIDS).

Atty. Neil Silva explained the role of maritime zones law in improving maritime governance. His discussion focused on the significance of maritime zones law in the assertion of the Philippines’ rights to the protection and management of its marine environment. The Maritime Zones bill can improve maritime governance as it can be a way to clarify laws and geographical territory and to effectively implement these laws. Finally, Atty. Silva emphasized that disputes happen when there is an overlap in jurisdiction, which can be a way forward for the Philippines to pursue the foundation for potential negotiations and partnerships with foreign countries. 

Dr. Ben Malayang III discussed science diplomacy as an imperative in the West Philippine Sea. He explained that the ongoing tensions in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and South China Sea (SCS), can greatly damage marine life systems. The ecosystems in the  WPS and SCS are a heritage to all the surrounding regions therefore there is a need to have collaborative protection for it. Science diplomacy and international cooperation can be used to address these scientific problems and protect the common heritage areas. Dr. Malayang provided a way forward, the Philippine Open Sea Program wherein other countries are free to engage with the Philippines’ research on protecting the WPS but the Philippines still has the ultimate rights in this area. In conclusion, Dr. Malayang highlighted the crucial need to embrace science diplomacy and international cooperation to preserve the marine ecosystems of the WPS for future generations. 

Mr. Deryck Baladjay presented the initial research findings on marine and coastal pollution. During the discussion, he highlighted several challenges which included the definition of marine pollution (MARPOL) and its interpretation within the Philippines context. MARPOL is a broad and somewhat ambiguous concept, as it varies based on the sources and waste classification. Mr. Baladjay defined MARPOL as the solid plastic materials discarded in marine and coastal environments. He noted that different local government units (LGUs) have varied interpretations of MARPOL which results in different mitigation practices and priorities. Additionally, the transboundary nature of the waste is a concern since the MARPOL in the Philippine water is not only from domestic sources but is mostly from foreign countries. Mr. Baladjay’s findings underscore the complexity of addressing marine and coastal pollution in the country and highlight the need for a unified approach to effectively mitigate and manage this issue. 

Dr. Rosalie Arcala Hall discussed the initial research findings of the Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) situation of illegal unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF). The first part of her discussion is on IUUF which  addressed the prevalent unfair labor practices within the commercial fisheries sector. Dr. Hall emphasized the complexity of the IUUF issue, which intersects with the GEDSI situation in coastal communities. It was pointed out that physically demanding fishing trips are typically male-dominated, while women would most often participate in the less physically demanding activities, such as the squid value chain. Dr. Hall’s insights highlighted the multifaceted nature of IUU Fishing and its implications for gender equality and social inclusion in coastal communities. 

Following the speakers’ presentations, an open forum commenced, during which participants posed significant questions to which the speakers provided insightful answers. These included questions on the possible means for the improvement of marine governance and ways to encourage locals to comply with marine-related policies. In which, the speakers reiterated the importance of having clear jurisdiction in the waters and the need for both land-based and water-based authorities’ coordination. To encourage locals to comply with marine-related policies, these policies must become less of a burden and include incentives. The physically taxing nature of their job and unstable income lead fisherfolks to view these policies as an additional burden. There is a need for the government to revise its policies to make them more accessible and manageable to the people involved. 

The event garnered more than 240 participants, encompassing both onsite and online attendees, from various sectors including relevant government agencies, the academe, researchers, and university students. 

Waypoints and the UPLB-SESAM extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the forum, especially to all the participants who honored the event with their engagement. END
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SESAM, Waypoints to jointly present science and maritime governance webinar

The School of Environmental Science and Management-University of the Philippines Los Baños will have a webinar entitled “Science and Maritime Governance: Navigating Governance, Conservation, and Sustainable Exploitation” on July 12, 2024, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PST) in partnership with Waypoints.

Distinguished speakers will discuss the current state of maritime governance and how science can be integrated and used in maritime policy-making and implementation. Among them are:

Atty. Neil Simon Silva – What Comes Next: The Role of the Maritime Zones Law in Improving Maritime Governance.

Dr. Ben S. Malayang III – Science Diplomacy as an imperative in the West Philippine Sea.

Mr. Deryk Baladjay – Combating Marine Pollution: Presentation of Initial Findings.

Dr. Rosalie Arcala Hall – GEDSI-focused Situation Analysis on IUUF: Presentation of Initial Findings.

Secure your virtual seats today! You can register as an online participant by clicking on this link: https://bitly.cx/tTBL

For more information or if there are any inquiries, kindly send an email to:

[email protected]

We hope to see you there!

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We can be only resilient if we only understand the climate and how it affects the environment- Essah

In the 14th edition of the SESAM ExChanges, the Continuing Education and Training Division (CETD) of the School of Environmental Science and Management-University of the Philippines Los Baños (SESAM-UPLB) focused on resilience and climate-responsive building design last June 18, 2024 via online conferencing.

SESAM-UPLB invited Dr. Emmanuel A. Essah, the head of the sustainable energy, environment and engineering and the convenor of the Building Simulation Module of the University of Reading of the University of Reading, United Kingdom. The invitation was made possible through the coordination of Dr. Janice Sevilla-Nastor, Associate Professor, SESAM-UPLB.

SESAM Dean, Dr. Rico C. Ancog in his opening remarks stressed the importance of this 14th installment of ExChangeswith the need to increase the resilience of Filipinos to address the number of hazards our country has been facing. “One of the mechanisms to really appreciate resilience in a more concrete manner is to then develop into what we call as a climate-responsive design,” Dr. Ancog said.

In his lecture Improving small-scale farming systems in the tropics: some lessons for the Southeast Asian Region, Dr. Essahsaid the world continues to experience extreme weather, with rising temperatures in the Arctic Region, deadly flooding in Dubai and stronger hurricanes and typhoons hitting the tropics. “Philippines is one that is affected the most all over the world because of the natural disasters, and is the number one in the top ten countries most exposed to four weather perils as of today,” he added.

Dr. Essah, who has a PhD in Building Science and Services from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, mentioned that the difference between the Philippines and the other countries in terms of the impact on the GDP is so big- about 2.6 percent, and that is really impacting the Philippines. 

He also pointed out that the focus now is to shift from sustainability to resilience. “The move is now on adaptation, the move is now on energy transition,” Dr. Essah said. With the increasing number of disasters, governments and communities must shift focus on managing the built environment. “We can be only resilient if we only understand the climate and how it affects the environment,” Dr. Essah stressed.

More than 200 participated the webinar via Zoom and Facebook Live. After the webinar, Dr. Essah, who is also a visiting professor, joined the workshop on developing a new master’s curriculum program of SESAM.

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