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SOLUTIONS DO EXIST: Sustainable land management approaches and technologies workshop

By Amelia M. Fermia - Project Assistant III
November 15, 2016

Baguio City - Ensuring the long-term productive potential of the land and water resources in the Philippines - this is the objective of the implementation of the two-day Soil and Land Management (SLM) Approaches and Technologies Workshop held last November 9-10, 2016.

This initiative is through the partnership of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) with the Philippine Conservation Approaches and Technologies (PHILCAT) member-institutions which implemented the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) - funded project entitled "Development of Decision Support Tools on Sustainable Land Management as a Key to address Abiotic Stresses in Areas Vulnerable to Climate Change."

It was attended by representatives from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Offices (DA-RFOs), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Local Government Units (LGUs) and other concerned stakeholders.

The workshop aims to develop SLM decision support tools for combating land degradation and the effects of climate change using the shared experiences and knowledge of successful farmers. These experiences were identified, assessed and properly documented using standardized tool.

According to Soil Conservation and Management Division Chief, Engr. Samuel Contreras, the priority of the workshop is to engage the participants in an interactive discussion to further improve project outputs through the assessment of SLM approaches and technologies and soliciting comments from the participants.

"This will give you a shopping list of technologies, there are many options that you can see in the database but the decision is still yours based on your resources and how you manage your farms. What we have now is not necessarily the best of the best. We need more convergence of actions to leave a legacy," Engr. Contreras underscored.

Some of the project's key achievements since it started in April 2014, include among others a total of 31 documented SLM technologies and 9 approaches, overview book of SLM practices and success stories, IEC materials on SLM in tri-media format, SLM practices in the Philippines website (database of SLM practices), multi-media documentation of SLM and decision support tool.

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