Along with its expanded functions, the former Environmental Management Institute (EMI) has been renamed into Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) as conceptualized by Dr. Ruben C. Sevilleja, CLSU president, and Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, director of then EMI.
This concept to integrate climate change and disaster risk management to the EMI was proposed and subsequently approved by the Board of Regents last September 12 through Board Resolution No. 44-2011. This is meant to institutionalize and strengthen the institute’s activities in addressing the local impacts of global climate change and disseminate information on adaptability measures. It is dedicated to lead and provide quality education, research and extension services on the causes and consequences of climate change and provide environmental management in the natural and agricultural resources with options for healthy, sustainable and productive environment. ICCEM is expected to meet its goal through its functional departments, namely: Research and Extension Department, Environmental Education Department, Environmental Conservation Department, Disaster Risk Management and Public Health Department, and Information Management Department. The institute will operate through its technical persons and administrative staff, while it will be equipped with indigenous and modern technologies to realize the different tasks it is mandated to carry out. According to Dr. Alberto, among the major activities lined up for ICCEM are the development of partnership with Local Government Unit (LGU), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical Services Administration (PAGASA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Climate Change Commission, Philippine National Red Cross, Philippine Coast Guard, DENR and other government agencies for capability building of the ICCEM staff; establishment of multihazard and early warning system; continue research on impacts and adaptation; vulnerability and assessment in climate change in agroecosystems, forest ecosystems and coastal resources in Region III implementation of Climate Change Act in CLSU thru policy advocacy; preparation and production of IECmaterials on climate change and
disaster risk reduction and public health; establishment of weather advisory area for CLSU Community; among others. CLSU is foreseen to be the leading institution in beating climate change in Central Luzon. #– Gelia Patria Abella
Date: 2011-6-12 10:07:54
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