Environmental Initiatives with Government , Private Agencies and NGOs
First NEGROS Island Region ( NIR ) Protected Area Management Summit
The Negros Island Region Protected Area Management Summit is an attempt to further strengthen biodiversity conservation in Negros. This was organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Negros Island Region as the first summit held on July 28-30 in Bacolod City which highlights the biodiversity protection and conservation in the island region.
The six (6) protected areas in NIR include the Sagay Marine Reserve (SMR), Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS), Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (AIPLS), Balinsasayaw Twin Lakes Natural Park (BTLNP), Mount Kanlaon National Park (MKNP) and Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP). The primary avowed goal of the summit was to strengthen partnerships and sustain awareness of protected area managers and other stakeholders for a better collaborative engagement in the adoption of new strategies and innovations to improve the status of the Negros Island Protected Areas. GENESYS as an environment sustainability advocate was one among the civil society groups in the region that joined the holding of the event and was challenged to work together and share a common agenda with other stakeholders to make Negros Island an ecologically balanced region. It believes that the NIR summit is a good step for two (2) provinces to have a common agenda when it comes to environment and natural resources management since it both share the same mountains and seas. GENESYS’ focus particularly, however, among the list of key biodiversity areas of the Philippines, is Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP). GENESYS’ collaboration will be in improving and enhancing the management, updating of the management plan and integrating it into local and regional development agenda and priorities.
The historic 1st Negros Island Protected Area Management Summit concluded with numerous recommendations, time-bounded targets, and quantifiable outputs to address issues, concerns, and challenges facing the protected areas in the region.
San Carlos Ecozone : The Drainage Plan
Historically, San Carlos City has long been vulnerable to flooding where flood water courses through the vicinity of the Ecozone affecting the neighboring downstream barangays (Barangay Punao, Palampas and I). Flood waters flow out from the Tongo, Vasconia and Socorro watersheds, as well as from the large Talave River that drains an even larger watershed. Indeed, flooding poses an additional challenge for the City now and, more so, in the future.
Identifying initiatives that will prevent and minimize floods at the affected areas are considered. SJRI commissioned hydrology experts: GHD (Guttering, Hawkins, Davey) for a hydraulic analysis of the Socorro Canal and Talave River and Hydronet Consultants Inc. to conduct a hydraulic analysis of the entire San Carlos Ecozone. In so doing, GENESYS facilitates the collation of data and various reports as inputs into the study that will provide an overall strategy and guiding framework to
protect lives and property, maintain a thriving economy, and improve quality of life by making the City more resilient to recurrent flooding and even sea level rise.
GENESYS is particularly more sensitive to the effects of climate change and believes that flood risk can be alleviated by improving the design and maintenance of the city’s drainage assets, coastal defences and the delivery of new infrastructure projects, others by increasing public awareness of the risks and working with communities.
LPRAT- Local Poverty Reduction Action Team
The Local Poverty Reduction Team is composed of members from the civil society organizations and the government that spearhead the formulation and monitoring of the local poverty reduction programs and projects of the City of San Carlos.GENESYS as a stakeholder actively participates in addressing the needs of the poor constituencies and the marginalized sectors in the San Carlos community.It also helps in designing projects, allocating resources and monitoring projects designed to meet the identified development needs of the community in addressing poverty.
GENESYS’ membership with LPRAT is rooted in a deep, shared commitment to lifting people out of poverty by creating greater food security in a way that is self-sustaining