Pinoy, foreign experts to discuss rehabilitation efforts

Posted at 01/20/14 3:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino experts will join foreign scientists in a forum on rebuilding communities and ecosystems to support the government and private sector's rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.

Dr. Laura David of the University of the Philippines (UP) Marine Science Institute and Dr. Mario delos Reyes of the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning will give a talk together with international scientists Dr. B.K. van Wesenbeek and Joseph D’Cruz.

The “Experts Forum on Rebuilding Communities and Ecosystems after Yolanda” will be held on January 23 at the AIM Conference Center in Makati.

Wesenbeek is an expert on ecosystem assessment and ecological data analysis with a focus on coastal and wetland ecosystems.

D’Cruz, meanwhile, is the regional environment advisor at the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre.

The forum, jointly sponsored by the office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (PARR) and the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc. (OML Center), will discuss resilient structural designs for residential, buildings, and infrastructures; ecosystem rehabilitation and adaptation; and land use planning and management.

“There is a need for rehabilitation efforts to be anchored on solid scientific foundation for cost efficient use of resources and to optimize the role of natural ecosystems in protecting people from the impacts of disasters and climate change,” said Dr. Rodel Lasco, Scientific Director of the OML Center.

The OML Center is also developing a study which aims to provide scientific inputs to national and local government agencies in the restoration and improvement of settlements, facilities, livelihood and ecosystems, as well as in reducing disaster risks in local communities.