6 September 2017 | Manila, Philippines

The Philippines convenes the Mangrove Congress from 5 to 8 September 2017 in Manila with the theme “Sustainable Management of Mangroves in the course of Climate Change”.

Organized by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), delegates ranging from mangrove practitioners, government officials, scientists, and members of the academe who conducted research on mangroves in the ASEAN region are set to exchange ideas, research data and expert opinions to promote learning and good practices among ASEAN participants and to initiate dialogue with development partners. Having experienced first-hand the impacts of climate change on social, environmental and economic aspects on the region, ASEAN countries have agreed to share valuable information and research data about mangroves and its important function of mitigating the negative effects of climate change.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is expected to keynote the five-day conference as ministers and representatives from Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines are set to present reports on the status of mangrove management in their respective nations. The delegates will also participate in an eco-tour, lecture and mangrove planting activity in Triboa Mangrove Park in Subic, Zambales.

The 1st ASEAN Congress was also hosted by the Philippines last December 2012, with 81 participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, and ASEAN development partner United States in attendance, and it served as a platform for information exchange between scientists and researchers from the ASEAN member states and its dialogue partners. During the said forum, a resolution on future cooperation on mangrove research and development was formulated and signed by its participants. This year’s congress aims to harness the established modes of cooperation into more enhanced inter-agency and inter-sectoral coordination at the national, regional, and international levels in order to achieve sustainable development of ASEAN’s coastal and marine environment.

As part of the thrust of ASEAN towards inclusivity, a workshop entitled “One ASEAN, One Mangrove” will also be conducted to discuss topics on sustainable coastal livelihood, socio-ecological interactions and institutional capacity-building.

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