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.

P4.9M PCAARRD FUNDED HYDROPONIC PRODUCTION SYSTEMS AT CLSU

Dr. Chito Sace, faculty of ICCEM, was recognized by the CLSU Research, Extension and Training Office for his leadership in packaging and implementing a research project titled, Hydroponic System as Smart Farming Technique for Vegetable Crop Production. The said project received a financial support of more than P3.9M from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) and P0.9M CLSU counterpart, for a total of P4.9M.

Generally, this project aims to develop and promote hydroponics as precision and smart farming technique for vegetables production, specifically cucumber, tomato and bell pepper as initial high value test crops. Moreover, this would also test the suitability of hydroponic nutrient solutions at various growth stages of select crops, evaluate the economic profitability of the developed interventions, and promote the commercialization of hydroponic technology as a smart farming strategy for various agri-entrepreneurs.

The one-hectare hydroponic production systems will be constructed at the Central Luzon State University this year.

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Date: 2012-15-11 03:31:12
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Dr. Sigua’s Series of Seminars

Dr. Sigua’s Series of Seminars

Dr. Gilbert Sigua, former professor of CLSU and now US-based soil scientist, gave series of seminars as a Fulbright fellow from April 10 to May 2, 2012. In the first seminar, Dr. Sigua presented the results of the study about sediment materials of Lake Panasoffkee, Sumter County, Florida, dredged and applied as soil enhancer to a bahiagrass area. Dredged-materials were found to have favourable effects on bahiagrass establishment, and that there was initial improvement on the physical and chemical conditions of subtropical sandy pastures. The second seminar was about minimizing environmental impact and enhancing sustainability of beef cattle pasture in subtropics. Dr. Sigua emphasized that the agricultural sector, specifically crop production and cattle raising, are the main contributory factor in nutrient loading of lake. Based on their multi-disciplinary and integrated study, the group of scientists where he belonged recommend to have source management and transport management.

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Another paper presented by Dr. Sigua was about the watershed scale assessment of nitrogen and phosphorus loadings on Indian River Lagoon, Florida. Based on the findings of the team’s study, the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus was 1,053,553 kg/yr and 127,873 kg/yr, respectively. Among the sources of these elements, namely, point, non-point, atmospheric, groundwater and internal cycling, the largest contributor was from non-point sources or tributaries which accounted to be 79%.

The last of the series was titled, Phytoremediation: science and environmental ramifications. Dr. Sigua concluded that though phytoremediation has a number of advantages, it also has many limitations.

The Institute of Climate Change and Environmental Management headed by Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto sponsored the first, third and fourth seminars whereas the Institute of Graduate Studies under Dr. Elisa Carlos sponsored the second of the series. It was attended by college students, MS students, faculty from the different units and colleges of CLSU.

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Date: 2012-2-07 12:12:25
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P7.9M-ICCEM Project Commences

P7.9M-ICCEM Project Commences

Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, project leader of “Molecular Identification and Green Technology Development of High Valued Plants in Central Luzon”, has received almost half of the P7.3M funding from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Department of Science and Technology for the project implementation.

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The project is one of the researches (Project 2) under the “Integrated Research and Development Program on Biodiversity Assessment of Selected Forest Ecosystems in Central Luzon” with Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, director of Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM), as program leader.

The project aims to (1) identify the molecular markers of high valued plants and the specific gene for medicinal, pesticidal and phytoremediation properties, (2) to test the plants for antimicrobial properties, herbicidal properties, phytochemical components, and phytoremediation potential, and (3) to recommend plant species that can be conserved for their potential economic values.

To help realize these objectives, the Biodiversity Molecular Laboratory was constructed beside the Agrobiodiversity Museum, ICCEM as one of the components of the P2M Biodiversity Center which was funded by the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research.

Moreover, the laboratory was also enhanced by additional equipment amounting to P600,000.00 thru another grant from PCAARRD.

Dr. Alberto, together with his staff, started working last June 1 and is expected to finish the research by May 2015.

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Date: 2012-29-06 10:14:01
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CLSU adjunct professor receives Fulbright Fellowship Award

Dr. Gilbert C. Sigua, an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) and a Research Soil Scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service has been awarded a six-week Fulbright Fellowship by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board of Educational and Cultural Office’s Specialist Program at ICCEM, Central Luzon State University in April 2012.

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, ICCEM Director, will serve as host scientist for Dr. Sigua during his fellowship at the university.

Dr. Sigua will give series of technical seminars to promote strongly the integration of the physical environment, ecology and biodiversity into a sustainable agro-ecosystem. He will also be a mentor to students of PhD students on Pollution Prevention and Waste Management where they will be trained on developing appropriate technologies thus promoting sustainable development in natural resources and ensuring environmental health of the people. Moreover, Dr. Sigua will also provide technical assistance to the Institute in establishing collaboration to obtain more relevant integrated research and development programs on environmental management, water quality, biodiversity assessment and utilization of potential phytoremediators of heavy metals, pollutants, and carcinogens.

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Date: 2012-20-04 09:05:52
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ICCEM Sponsors fire safety training

Trainers’ training on fire prevention was sponsored by the Institute on Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM), adopting this year’s theme of the Bureau of Fire Protection, “Makiisa, makialam, at makipagtulungan upang sunog ay maiwasan” on March 28, 2012 at the IGS Minitheater, CLSU. The objective of the Institute, through its Disaster Risk Management and Public Health Department, is to make our dear CLSU a disaster-prepared community.

FO3 Gener Ramos of BFP Science City of Muñoz discussed the compositions of fire and how fast a fire can spread. Pointers on how to prevent fire and on proper things to do during fire were given SFO1 Roberto Lopez. FO1Ulysses Uy taught the participants the basic fire fighting techniques and he also shared his personal experiences while on duty. The different ways on dragging and carrying victims of fire were demonstrated by FO1 Arnulfo Pol.

Dr. Sace tried the fire extinguisherDrills on putting off a fire using fire extinguisher and water from a fire truck wereROTC Officer put off the fire using hose experienced by the participants, as facilitated by SFO1 Lopez. Participants are the faculty and staff of ICCEM and officials of ROTC, as headed by Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto and Prof. Deolito Ben, respectively. They will also form the fire brigade at CLSU.

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Date: 2012-19-04 02:37:25
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CLSU-ICCEM conducts research on coastal biodiversity resources

The Central Luzon State University through the former Environmental Management Institute (EMI), now Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM), in its capacity as Regional Integrated Coastal Resource Management Center for Region 3 is conducting research on critical biodiversity resources including sensitive ecosystem, and designing and operating a biodiversity conservation program.

The research undertaking is in line with the Integrated Coastal Resources Management Project (ICRMP) of the DENR which has as overall objective “to enhance coastal resources management and reduce poverty among fisherfolks through the introduction of sustainable livelihood activities and resource management practices.”It will also engage itself to monitoring activities to ensure the sustainable implementation of the programs.

CLSU will also serve as a venue for holding conferences to disseminate research findings. According to Dr. Annie Melinda P. Alberto, ICCEM director, the two-year ICRM Project has three major projects for the Zambales Coast, namely: biodiversity assessment of coastal ecosystems; conservation activities; and Information, education and communication (IEC) activities.

The first project started last October. It has three sub-studies, namely: Study 1 – Biological assessment and biodiversity mapping of selected coastal ecosystems of Zambales; Study 2: Assessment of selected coastal environments of Zambales; and Study 3: Socio-economic, anthropological, and policy studies on biodiversity and coastal resource management in Zambales. The project leaders are Dr.Alberto, Dr. Armando Espino, Jr., and Prof. Oliva Parico, respectively.

Conservation activities include the identification of biodiversity sites, implementation of action plan for marine turtle conservation, and stock enhancement of commercial invertebrates and ranching of sea cucumbers.The IEC activities include the upgrading of EMI Biodiversity Museum, showcasing the coastal resources in Region 3, disseminating research results through presentation in different fora, publishing research results in scientific journals, and popularizing information for local audiences. The second and third projects will commence after the second phase of the first project.

-Gella Patria L. Abella

ICCEM celebrates CC Consciousness Week

In celebration of the Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week, with the theme, Creating Convergence on Climate Change last November 19 to 25, 2011, the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) arranged a tree planting activity for graduating students, together with the faculty and staff. Narra seedlings, donated by CENRO, Muñoz, were planted along the fences at the third gate. The plant was chosen because studies show that narra is a carbon sequester. This is the graduates’ legacy to CLSU and their contribution to beating climate change.

Some students of BS Biology, Hotel and Restaurant Management and Education also joined the celebration by planting Sansevieria trifasciata, locally known as espa-espada. In addition for its high aesthetic value, this plant is also popular for its being a phytoremediator.To complete the observance, the no-smoking time from 8:00 to 10:00 in the morning was advocated to all CLSU constituents.

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Date: 2011-13-12 04:13:28
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Environmental Management Institute is now ICCEM

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

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Date: 2011-6-12 10:07:54
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