Last day of the conference and everybody is tired, especially those that stayed up late drinking Tanduay, the local rum. Today the output of the working groups will be presented, identifying the main climate issues for the Verde Passage and the priority recommendations for adaptive management of marine resources and for preparing the local communities of the Verde Passage for climate change.
At lunch time the Governor of Occidental Mindoro – Mrs. Josephine Ramirez Sato – arrived. The Governor together with other provinces is involved in promoting adaptation and improving local environmental policies. We had a short interview with her before she left to attend her daughter’s birthday party.
We had a few more items to get through before going home. First was a short workshop on Science-to-Action, an important piece of our work as it helps us understand how we turn scientific results into information that communities and local government can use in their daily lives.
The afternoon went by fast. Everybody recognized the great leadership and dedication of the project lead, Mags Quibilan. People from Mindoro rushed to the last ferry. There was a great sense of accomplishment and pride of what was achieved and shared among such a diverse group of people. All of the LGUs (local government units) officials work together and know each other well and looked forward to seeing each other next month for another meeting, again in Batangas.
As for those that live on the other side of the Pacific, we went to rest before two long flights home. This was the third Vulnerability Assessment that the Marine Climate Change Team has completed, my second since I have started at CI. The motivation behind these assessments is to provide scientists, communities and governments with a way of coming together to define what the consequences of climate change might be and how marine climate change should be tackled.
Now, off to catch a plane!
Dr. Giuseppe Di Carlo is the manager for the Marine Climate Change Program at Conservation International.