“SUSTAINABLE” has been a much-raised term across the world, including in the Philippines.
Cambridge Dictionary defines the adjective “sustainable” as being “able to continue over a period of time.” In relations with the environment, it says “sustainable” means “causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time.”
Now, technology is being leveraged to apply and effect sustainability to coastal communities in the Philippines through science agencies from Japan, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines.
These are the Japan Science and Technology (JST) Agency, the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Philippines.
In a statement from the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), it was learned the science triumvirate were bidding to come up with technologies aimed at pushing sustainable communities.
To implement this objective, they initiated the crafting of a framework for they dubbed “a multi-funder cooperation among the three countries.”
The JST, the UKRI and the DOST headed by Secretary Fortunato T. de la Pena assembled researchers and stakeholders from countries in Southeast Asia and discussed recent studies on coastal communities. Participant researchers also wracked their brains to come up with ideas for possible research collaboration.
Multilateral collaboration for sustainable coast communities
JST, UKRI, and DOST fund research studies focused on resolving global challenges being addressed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. They have been encouraged to increase the complementarity and impact of their investments in terms of research funding, people, equipment, data, and other resources.
Dr. Enrico Paringit, PCIEERD executive director, has expressed confidence the partnership of the science agencies of three countries would benefit coastal communities in the Philippines that are facing the threats of climate change.
“Having a multi-lateral approach to support research initiatives is a way for us to optimize resources. There are research resources available in other countries that may be beneficial in the implementation of research projects here in the Philippines,” he said.
The multilateral cooperation focuses on sustainable coastal communities as several projects in the Southeast Asian region were identified as having a thematic focus on water, coastal communities, and aquaculture—topics that are relevant to the SDGs. One major discussion during the workshop was the participants’ experience with funding agencies that will be the basis for the development of an effective multi-funder mechanism.
JST, UKRI, and DOST will consolidate the input from the workshop and come up with a framework for a multi-funder cooperation that may take effect in the following years. (PCIEERD/SDN)
Featured image: In-situ measurement of seagrass leaf area (May 2018, Busuanga, Palawan) for the Integrated Assessment and Modelling of Blue Carbon Ecosystems Conservation and Adaptive Management (lAMBIueCECAM) Program, one of the DOST-supported programs on coastal management. (Images from PCIEERD)