The UPLB Climate and Disaster Risks Studies Center (UPLB-CDRSC) is the university’s interdisciplinary studies center or program for climate change adaptation and mitigation (CCAM) and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM). It exists virtually with a mandate to pursue a more holistic and integrative inter-, multi-, and transdisciplinary basic and applied research, development, and extension (RDE) programs, projects, and activities (PPAs). Its core technical working group (TWG) is composed of faculty members and researchers representing the nine Colleges and one School of the university. UPLB-CDRSC is housed in the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM). The School also serves as the Center’s secretariat.
A leading research, development, and extension Center for building the resilience and sustainability of socio-ecological systems by managing climate and disaster risks
To strengthen the knowledge base, adaptive capacities, and whole-of-the-society cooperation for climate and disaster risk reduction actions of the built and natural ecosystems consistent with the national, regional, and global development goals
The Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries in terms of water security based on five identified key dimensions as indicators: household, economic, urban, environment and resilience to water-related disasters (Asian Development Bank, 2016). The government recognized that there is a need to have a national roadmap for water and formed a working group composed of various National Government Agencies (NEDA, NWRB, DPWH, DA, LWUA, DENR, DILG, CCC), Representatives from the Legislative Branch, Academe (University of the Philippines Los Baños) and Private Sectors. The working group’s main objective is to conduct a National Water Security Summit and draft a National Roadmap for Water.
The University of the Philippines Los Baños, as an academic and scientific institution, formed a committee composed of the Deans of different colleges and water experts (specialists) in response to the current need of addressing issues related to water security. The committee was tasked to (i) revisit past studies locally, and globally on water management in the country; (ii) identify main issues/problems and provide recommendations for each of the 7 water security sectors (Agriculture, Domestic, Economic, Environment, Governance, Resilience and Urban); (iii) provide implementable information (towards a roadmap) and prepare actionable plans; and (iv) identify a unifying body mandated to take charge of coordinating and monitoring implementation of the roadmap.
In response to the current water security challenges and as part of the recommendation of the project “Towards a Comprehensive Plan for Water Roadmap Preparations”, UPLB created its own interdisciplinary studies center for water. The UPLB Water Center was formally established by virtue of the UPLB Office of the Chancellor Administrative Order 247, series of 2017, which gives it a virtual mandate to pursue a more holistic inter- and transdisciplinary research, development, and extension (RDE) programs to ensure water security in the context of changing climate and globalization.
The Ecosystem Services and Environmental Policy Laboratory is one of the research arms of SESAM-UPLB that envisions the promotion and enactment of the school’s commitment to foster active leadership and scholarship in the science and practice of Environmental Science. The laboratory is at the forefront in the assessment of sustainability in terms of resource input requirements, environmental impacts, and innovative solutions, to address real-time pressing environmental issues
The landscape ecology laboratory focuses on the understanding, causes, and effects of the spatial pattern and heterogeneity of the landscape including its ecological processes and interactions within and among the ecosystems. It covers topics related to the assessment and quantification of landscape patterns through landscape fragmentation metric tools, remote sensing, and GIS; analysis of the factors affecting the changes in the landscape pattern; systems analysis of the environmental issues in the context of landscape scales; impacts of landscape and land-use changes to biodiversity and social environment; landscape sustainability; landscape ecological restoration and management; and landscape governance. The laboratory also aims to strengthen the knowledge, capacity, and skills of the students to conduct researches related to the abovementioned topics, particularly in the quantitative assessment and analysis of the landscape and fragmentation using modern tools and software. Activities include the conduct of coaching and mentoring, training, orientations, symposia, conferences, and publication assistance.
Ecotox Lab is one of UPLB-SESAMs research laboratories handling studies on inorganic and organic pollutants primarily on the fields of ecology and toxicology e.g. bioaccumulation and transfer kinetics of trace elements; emerging contaminants; and environmental risk management.
The Earth Systems Research Team (EARTLAB) is a multidisciplinary research group at the UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) that spearheads interdisciplinary researches concerning geosciences including geochemistry, paleomagnetism, and geohazard studies, environmental pollution, environmental education and information network integration, land use and land cover change, climate-smart agriculture, climate and environmental change adaptation, ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and management. The outputs of these researches are integrated in our knowledge and capacity building initiatives.