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Building and sustaining an eco-agri farm in a forest catchment

This eco-agriculture initiative takes place in an upland area in Sitio Bendum, an upland village in northern Mindanao in the Philippines.  Bendum, as the area is more commonly referred to, is also the ancestral domain of the indigenous Pulangiyen community. The eco-agriculture farm is located in lower Pangamu, in a cleared land area or lubas.  The vegetable farm is now expanded from 2 hectares to 2.5 hectares and is in a sloping land with closer access to the water supply.  The whole farm area used to be a migrant community farm planted with a high yielding corn variety that was applied with chemical fertilizers and left the soil degraded.

Objectivity and urgency driving the Stockholm Dialogue

2015_11_30_Editorial_Photo2With joy and hope in their hearts, and openness and creativity in their minds, the Global Igntian Advocacy Network (GIAN)-Ecology entered into the second day of the Stockholm Dialogue to explore with members of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) the relationship between scientific objectivity and social urgency inherent within what we know as sustainability science – a science that emphasises and puts into practical action the social transformation that embraces social inclusion and environmental integrity.

Improving training facilities for upland youth in Upper Pulangi, northern Mindanao

carp shed and bodega at the backYouth from different villages in Upper Pulangi in Bukidnon and students enrolled in the training course on construction carpentry worked together to complete the carpentry shed, the large classroom, the gabion installation, the rehabilitation of the hydro-generator and the electrical rewiring as part of their learning practicum, with supervision and guidance from local skilled staff and the management team of the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC).

Furniture carpentry with Upper Pulangi youth in northern Mindanao, Philippines

2014_09_30_N&E_Photo2This Hulas Furniture Carpentry Course of Tuen hu Uyag is a four-week training course and is an institutional collaboration between the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) and Pusat Pengembangan dan Pelatihan Industri Kayu (PIKA), a Jesuit vocational school for woodworking technology in Semarang, Indonesia.

Youth and Values Formation

DSC08319Asia Pacific is home to 45% of the world’s youth, amounting to around 700 million young people (UNESCAP, 2012). Significant numbers of youth across the region face a variety of obstacles in their access to employment, education, health care, and other resources. Transition between education and employment is one of the main obstacles facing youth of the region, especially those from Southeast Asia and Pacific. Youth often remain at the margins with regard to participation in the creation of development policies.

Local Wisdom, Risk Resilience and Adaptation

risk_resilienceMore than 1.6 billion people have been affected by disasters in East Asia and Pacific since 2000 (EM-DAT 2012). In 2011, disaster losses amounted to $380 billion. East Asia sustained 80% of these losses in the first nine months. Disasters can push affected households further into debt, with the poor carrying the greatest debt burden.