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During the PackPrintPlas Expo on October 5, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs Jonas R. Leones asserts that the packaging, printing, and plastic industries in the country are among the government’s ‘valuable partners’ in the direction towards sustainability. He lauded the efforts of the industries in continuously utilizing technology and crafting innovations to find ways to reduce, reuse, upcycle or recycle plastics so they can be diverted, especially from our oceans. Usec. Leones served as the keynote speaker in the event where he highlighted the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Act of 2022. The PackPrintPlas Expo was organized by Global-Link MP Events International Inc. and Messe Düsseldorf Asia in Pasay City.#

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urges the youth leaders to actively participate in initiatives that would help their communities build resiliency and mitigate risks from disasters. Speaking before over 120 youth leaders, local youth development councils and state workers during the Youth for Resilience training in Balanga, Bataan, DENR Chief of Staff and Supervising Undersecretary for Strategic Communications Marilou Erni encouraged participants to learn about environmental conservation, and the risks faced by their communities from natural disasters. Participants at the DENR-organized training took part in a variety of lectures and activities designed to spread knowledge and awareness about disaster risk reduction (DRR), resilience-building, and the principles of DRR action plans. Apart from DENR officials, non-governmental group U-INSPIRE representatives also served as resource persons during the event. U-INSPIRE Philippines is an alliance of youth and young professionals working to support Disaster Risk Reduction. As a culminating activity, the youth participants joined the DENR in cleaning the coastlines of Balanga Wetland in Barangay Tortugas, Balanga City, Bataan in celebration of the International Coastal Cleanup.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary for Enforcement, Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Daniel Darius M. Nicer (leftmost) converses with Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Director Maria Lourdes G. Ferrer (middle) and ERDB Assistant Director Conrado B. Marquez (rightmost) as they visit the poster exhibit of 20 research papers on watershed management on October 25. The papers, written by local and international experts from Asia Pacific region, feature various information and innovative solutions that merge sustainable practices with climate resilience on watershed management. The event is one of the side-lines during the Congress on Sustainable and Climate Resilient Watershed Management in Muntinlupa City.#

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region X Executive Director Henry Adornado discusses the strategies and best practices on sustainable watershed management for the Cagayan de Oro River Basin (CDORB) during the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau’s Congress on Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Watershed Management through Ecosystem-Based Approaches in the Asia-Pacific Region held in Muntinlupa City. Adornado shared that among the interventions being implemented by the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council for the CDORB are nature-based solutions including Protected Area Management and Wildlife Protection and Conservation; Rehabilitation Projects such as the Community-based Forest Management and the Macajalar Bay Integrated Coastal Management; Climate and Disaster-Risk Resilience including the Characterization and Vulnerability Assessment of the Cagayan de Oro River Watershed, and ENR partnerships. ###

Dr. Catherine Roween C. Almaden (right) of the Northern Bukidnon State College Kihare in the province of Bukidnon explains her poster presentation on “Safeguarding the Golden Fields: Collective Adaptation through Ecosystem-based Services in Coastal Rice Farms Affected by Saltwater Inundation in the Philippines and Vietnam” which showed that by recognizing and harnessing the ecosystem-based services offered by mangroves, policymakers, farmers, and local communities can develop resilient and adaptive strategies to protect rice farms against saltwater inundation. The research underscores the significance of mangroves in supporting food security and coastal resilience. It was among the 50 oral and poster presentations featured in the Congress on Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Watershed Management through Ecosystem-Based Approaches in the Asia-Pacific Region conducted by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau. Environment Secretary Antonia Loyzaga has said that the ideal combination to address the impact of climate change comes from highlighting green nature-based solutions with grey infrastructure solutions .###