ICCEM, CLSU conducted DAR Training for Central Luzon Farmers

     Seminar on Climate Change and Environmental Management for Department of Agrarian Reform-Region 3 Farmer Beneficiaries was conducted by ICCEM, CLSU in three (3) batches: November 8-10, 2017, November 15-17, 2017 and December 6-8, 2017. A total of 127 participants who are farmers, fisherfolks, officers of cooperatives and DAR employees coming from the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan and Aurora attended the seminar.

     Objectives of the said seminar are to raise the level of awareness and knowledge of the participants regarding salient environmental problems affecting their livelihood and to equip them how to make action plans to address those problems. The first two days involve lectures on basic ecology, climate change impacts on agriculture, forest, marine water, freshwater and urban and their adaptation strategies, sustainable agriculture, pollution and solid waste management, green productivity, relevant environmental laws, biodiversity conservation, phytoremediation and enviropreneurship. Resource speakers include Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Dr. Gella Patria L. Abella, Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, Ms. Johanna J. de Dios and Ms. Roann P. Alberto.

     Day 3 engages participants in study tour at Biodiveristy and Agrobiodiversity Museums, RIC Learning Center, Small Ruminant Center and Philippine Carabao Center. Planning workshop was also conducted, wherein every cooperative was tasked to come up with an action plan to solve the problems that they encounter in their respective area. Action plans were then presented to the body for comments and recommendations of Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto.

Batch 1 participants formulating their action plans

Batch 1 participants formulating their action plans

     Among the environmental issues and problems identified by the participants were illegal logging, water insufficiency for agricultural activities, use of chemical in farming, pest infestation, burning of agricultural wastes, coral reef destruction, low fish harvest, water pollution, and others. To address these, participants identified activities such as reforestation, organic farming, application of integrated pest management, establishment of sustainable fish sanctuary, practice of the 3R’s, and strict implementation of existing environmental laws.

~Gella Patria L. Abella

PHiL-LIDAR 1 CULMINATED WITH INVALUABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

     Another successful milestone of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management, Central Luzon State University (ICCEM, CLSU) is its recently concluded project from PHiL-LIDAR 1 Program, titled, “LiDAR Data Processing and Validation in Luzon: Region III and Pangasinan” under the leadership of Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto. Said project is an expansion of the DREAM Program which aims to produce 3-D flood hazard maps of the Philippine river systems. Aside from addressing disaster risk and climate change, the resource information generated from the project will also be useful in providing necessary information for various sectors. It commenced in April 2014 and was concluded last March 2017.

Flood hazard maps turned over to Municipality of Morong, Bataan. L to R: Dr. Annie Melinda Paz- Alberto, Project Leader, Mr. Rodolfo Concepcion, MDRRMO, Engr. Balicanta and Mr. Uichanco.

Flood hazard maps turned over to Municipality of Morong, Bataan. L to R: Dr. Annie Melinda Paz- Alberto, Project Leader, Mr. Rodolfo Concepcion, MDRRMO, Engr. Balicanta and Mr. Uichanco.

     The 3-Year project produced series of 1D and 2D flood hazard maps from the processed LiDAR derived datasets. Corollary to this are exposure and vulnerability assessment of building extracted from LiDAR derived datasets, remote sensing application of the geophysical changes in the coastlines, and ecological profiling all covering rivers of Region 3 and Pangasinan. IEC materials and Phil-LiDAR website were also developed. Seminars on flood contingency and on importance of flood hazard maps were conducted. The generated flood hazard maps were then turned over to respective municipalities/cities so they can utilize them in their local climate change adaptation plan (LCCAP).

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto receiving the Best Paper Award (Left) and close view of the Best Paper Award Certificate (Right)

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto receiving the Best Paper Award (Left) and close view of the Best Paper Award Certificate (Right)

     During the 3-year project, the team attended several seminars and conferences where some members of the research team presented their research papers on LiDAR and remote sensing technology garnering some awards. Best Paper Award was given to Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto during the RSCy 2017 in Paphos, Cyprus for the paper titled, Remote Sensing in Detection of  Geophysical Changes in Talisay River, Bataan, Philippines Some of these research papers were peer reviewed and published in ISI/SCOPUS journals. Last December 5, 2017, culminating conference for Phil-LiDAR 1 Program was held at Novotel, Cubao, Quezon City.

~H.Carganilla

CLSU FLAG WAVED HIGHEST IN AN INTERNATIONAL STAGE

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto receiving the Best Paper Award (Left) and close view of the Best Paper Award Certificate (Right)

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto receiving the Best Paper Award (Left) and close view of the Best Paper Award Certificate (Right)

A new award has been added to the prime trophy shelf of Central Luzon State University (CLSU) through the PHIL-LiDAR 1 project under the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM). The PHIL-LiDAR 1 team led by its Project Leader Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto presented the research findings and won the “Best Paper Award” for the paper entitled “Remote Sensing in Detection of Physical Changes in Talisay River, Bataan, Philippines” in the recently concluded “Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment (RSCy 2017)” held last March 20 -23, 2017 at Annabelle Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus.

The conference sessions and workshops include presentations regarding the state-of-the-art methods and innovative projects in various areas of remote sensing and geo-information.  The RSCY conferences are attended by over 200 participants each year.

Out of the stated number of participants from 35 countries which were composed of researchers, scientists, engineers, academicians, policy makers, directors, project leaders, software developers and young professionals from various universities, government agencies and private sectors, Dr. Paz-Alberto and her team emerged as the winners of the award.

Among the CLSU participants of the conference together with Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto was Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, Project Leader of PHIL-LiDAR 2 who also presented orally their research findings and results. The conference was jointly organized by the International Scientific Committee and Cyprus Remote Sensing Society. (Ranilo Lao)

CLSU PHIL-LiDAR 1 and PHIL-LiDAR 2 present papers at 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS)

Project Leader of PHIL-LiDAR 1 Dr. Paz-Alberto (Center) together with CLSU researchers while showcasing the exhibit at ACRS.

Project Leader of PHIL-LiDAR 1 Dr. Paz-Alberto (Center) together with CLSU researchers while showcasing the exhibit at ACRS.

             Researchers of DOST funded projects on Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology at Central Luzon State University thru the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) participated in the 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing with the theme “Fostering Resilient Growth in Asia” at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Quezon City last October 19-23, 2015. ACRS was aimed to unite stakeholders around Asia to discuss about resilient ways in resolving environmental problems and disasters. The event was organized by Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS) headed by General Secretary Prof. Kohei Cho.

             Engr. Nicasio C. Salvador of PHIL-LiDAR 1 talked about “Community Based Watershed Monitoring System for Biodiversity Conservation” while Engr. Guiller B. Damian of PHIL-LiDAR 2 tackled “Generation of Land Cover Classifying Map from LiDAR and Aerial Image Using Object Based and Flood Susceptibility Assessment of Agricultural Areas”. Two other papers were presented by the PHIL-LiDAR 1 reasearch team particularly about the “Geographic Information System Assisted Flood Hazard Mapping of Bucao and Santo Tomas Rivers” which was presented by Engr. Bennidict P. Pueyo and “Remote Sensing Application of the Geophysical Changes in the Coastlines and Rivers of Zambales, Philippines” which was discussed by Mr. Edmark P. Bulaong. The conference was attended by 926 participants from 10 countries in Asia.

             The project leaders, Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto (PHIL-LiDAR 1) and Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, (PHIL-LiDAR 2) being co-authors of the various papers presented joined the CLSU PHIL-LiDAR team during the conference. Other member researchers of CLSU PHIL-LiDAR projects  some of whom are co-authors of the papers participated also in the ACRS and they are as follows: Engr. Gloria N. Ramos, Melissa Joy M. Sison, Sean Russel R. Indon, Hanna Mae T. Carganilla, Jeremy Joel J. Barza, Eleazar V. Raneses Jr., Jose T. Gavino Jr., Christopher R. Genaro, Cenon Conrado C. Divina, Noah Z. Panuyas, Ariel R. Biagtan, Miguelito F. Isip, Engr. Klifford M. Orge, Mark Joseph C. Quinto, Romnick C. Tagaca, Arnel B. Celestino and Princess Joy C. Hernando.

ICCEM to participate in the upcoming 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing

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The LiDAR 1 and LiDAR 2 research teams of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management will be participating in the 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2015), which will take place on October 19-23, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Four selected papers are to bring insights into the challenges and opportunities of Remote Sensing and related geospatial technologies in building resiliency and encouraging economic growth and development in Asia with the theme “Fostering Resilient Growth in Asia”. Three of the research paper are funded by DOST and one paper was funded by PCAARRD, DOST.

The following are the papers to be presented:

a.“Generation of Land Cover Classification Map From Lidar and Aerial Image Using Object Based Image Analysis and Flood Susceptibility Assessment of Agricultural Areas” by R. T. Alberto, S. C. Serrano, G. B. Damian, E. E. Camaso, A. R. Biagtan, M. F. Isip, K. M Orge, M.J. C. Quinto, and R. C. Tagaca of Phil-LiDAR 2 – Region 3 and Pangasinan. b.“Geographic Information System-Assisted Flood Hazard Mapping of Bucao and Santo Tomas River Watershed” by A. M. Paz-Alberto, B. P. Pueyo, N. L. Salvador, J. T. Gavino, E. V. Raneses Jr., and  C. R. Genaro; c.“Remote Sensing Application of the Geophysical Changes in the Coastlines and Rivers of Zambales, Philippines” by A. M. Paz-Alberto, M. A. Pakaigue, M. J. M. Sison, and E. P. Bulaong; and d.“Community-Based Watershed Monitoring System For Biodiversity Conservation” by N. L. Salvador, M. Cinense, A. Espino and A. M. Paz-Alberto.

Dr. Paz-Alberto presented papers at International Phytotechnology Conference at USA

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Dr. Paz-Alberto during her paper presentation at Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center , Manhattan Kansas, USA

          Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, University Professor and current Director of Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) at Central Luzon State University attended the International Phytotechnology Conference held at Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, Manhattan, Kansas, USA last September 27-30, 2015. The conference was aimed to provide scientist, engineers, consultants, policy regulators and other interested individuals the opportunity to explore and discuss how recent developments in phytotecnologies address current and emerging environmental challenges. Phytotechnologies are plant-based technologies to clean water, soil and air and provide ecosystem services including energy from biomass.

          During the said conference, Dr. Paz-Alberto presented a paper on “Assessing Diversity and Phytoremediation Potential of Mangrove for Copper Contaminated Sediment in Subic Bay, Philippines”. Based on her paper mangrove could effectively absorb copper in sediment which can lessen conta
mination in the sediment. Phytoremediation refers to the process wherein plants can absorb heavy metals hence, this green technology is very important for the conservation of water and sediments in coastal ecosystem.

          Moreover, Dr. Paz-Alberto was accompanied by Ms. Marrietta Pakaigue, Research Associate at ICCEM in this conference for both of them presented a poster titled “Assessing Diversity and Phytoremediation Potential of Sea grass in Tropical Region” which reveals the potential of sea grass in absorbing lead in the sediments of marine ecosystem.

Dr. Alberto represents the country in International Plant Protection Congress

 

Dr. Alberto in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg  Gate during his stay at Free University of Berlin.

Dr. Alberto in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate during his stay at Free University of Berlin.

        Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto represented the country in the 18th International Plant Protection Congress (IPPC) at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. The event was aimed to unite all stakeholders all over the world to achieve effective and resilient plant protection strategies on pest management – an important strategy to address food security.

          During the said forum, Dr. Alberto presented his paper  titled “Morphological and Molecular Identification and Fungicide Sensitivity Assay of Pathogen Attacking Soursop (Guyabano)” which characterizes the plant pathogens of  Soursop (Guyabano) using morphological and molecular approach and its sensitivity to different fungicides. Results of their study give due advantage to local consumers as it leads to proper management of the disease of Soursop which is becoming popular due to its medicinal properties. Other scientific advances in the field of plant protection especially on disease management of economic crops were also tackled. The new knowledge acquired and exposure of Dr. Alberto to recent technologies is an advantage to the country as most of technologies presented in the congress can be applied under local conditions.

           The event was attended by 1,236 participants from over 95 countries worldwide. It was organized by International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAAPS) headed by Falco Fedmann, the IPPC Managing Director. He addressed the delegates saying that food security is one of the biggest global challenges of the 21st century due to continuous growing population in which plant protection will play a crucial role. The United Nations estimated that the global population would reach 9 billion by 2050.

            Dr. Alberto, Professor VI of the Department of Crop Protection, College of Agriculture is also currently the Project Leader of DOST funded Phil-LiDAR 2 (Light Detection and Ranging) at the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management in Central Luzon State University, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.

IEC and Technology Transfer in Biodiversity Conservation and Utilization Project

The project IEC and Technology Transfer in Biodiversity Conservation and Utilization under the program “Integrated Research and Development Program on Biodiversity Assessment and Conservation of Selected Forest Ecosystems in Central Luzon” funded by PCAARRD-DOST  were developed audio-visual presentations entitled “Video on Flora in Selected Forest Ecosystems of Central Luzon” and “Video on Fauna in Selected Forest Ecosystems of Central Luzon”. The audio-visual presentations shows the flora and fauna surveyed in Carranglan Watershed, Baler Forest Reserve, Dibut River Watershed and Bataan Natural Park, especially those organisms listed in the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN Red List of 2014) for their conservation status. Moreover, the audio-visual presentation on flora and fauna were developed to create awareness on biodiversity and the importance of the different forest ecosystems found in Central Luzon and to enhance public awareness on the importance of biodiversity for better appreciation and participation in conservation programs.

 

Climate Change Center in Central Luzon Established

 

The newly established CCC at ICCEM Compound, CLSU

The newly established CCC at ICCEM Compound, CLSU

 

The Climate Change Center in Central Luzon has been constructed at the compound of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) of CLSU through the Institutional Development Grant

program of the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR).

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, ICCEM Director and proponent, said the establishment of the Center at CLSU was purposely to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of students, faculty and staff of the university and all sectors of the society in Central Luzon of the issues on climate change impacts, best practices on climate change adaptation and mitigation measures as well as on disaster risk reduction management.

She added that the Center includes a Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Digital Viewing Museum, Environmental Monitoring Laboratory, Information Management and Emergency Response Nook and Amphitheater/ Multipurpose Hall.

 

With the completion of the project, the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) can perform and conduct its goals and objectives particularly in the conduct of research and training activities as well as for agrotourism purposes particularly in climate change and disaster risk reduction management activities in Central Luzon and nearby environs.

Moreover, the Environmental Monitoring Laboratory will serve as an important facility for the conduct of research and extension activities on climate change impacts and vulnerability assessment and analysis, life cycle assessment and pollution prevention in the various ecosystems.          

 

Likewise, the Amphitheater/Multi-Purpose Hall will serve as a venue of training/seminars and conferences being conducted by the ICCEM on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Management, Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental Management, and Integrated Coastal Resources Management.

A rooftop garden will also be developed and will serve as the one of the attractions in the Center. The Climate Change Center will be inaugurated in June, in time for the Celebration of the Philippine Environment Month.

 

ICCEM-CLSU gets P30.5M research grant from DOST

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