Dr. Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon, IFSU president, disclosed that since 2014, the Philippine-Japan forum on ISMTP highlights the twinning endeavors of Ifugao and Noto, Japan in identifying similar problems while planning efforts and actions to address issues in the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) in both countries.
“This is also in sync with the objective of the ISMTP to mainstream adaptive management framework of GIAHS, develop human resource and organize local communities,” she stated.
Discussions of the one-day activity focused on the gains, challenges and recommendations of ISMTP and Noto Satoyama-Satoumi Meister Training Program (NSSMTP); Ifugao Rice Terraces-Noto Satoyama-Satoumi Assessment.
ISMTP and NSSMTP alumni Rolando H. Addug, Graceous P. Biniahan and Jobert Allan I. Tobiagon, all from Ifugao and Satoshi Tagami of Japan, presented the highlights of their respective agricultural researches.
Addug talked on the planting depth and water level management of Hagada Rice in Batad, Banaue while Biniahan discussed labor availability and water supply situation of Bacung spider web rice terraces in Hungduan.
Tobiagon presented the “Status and Distribution of Battikul in Kiangan” while Tagami presented “Ecological Survey of Migrant Butterfly Species for Nature Education.”
Sakiko Kawabe of Kanazawa University discussed the “Everyday Object Collections For Historical Studies: The Ifugao, Philippines and Noto, Japan Case” and Dr. Yusuke Ueno of the Ishikawa Prefectural University talked on the “Re-introduction of Crested Ibis in Sado Island and Green Infra Concept.
How to mainstream GIAHS and Satoyama concept and the conduct of Ifugao Satoyama Assessment were also discussed.
Another highlight of the forum was the overwhelming commitment and support of all the stakeholders to strengthen collaboration for a plausible ISMTP-Phase III.
Governor Pedro G. Mayam-o, chairperson of the Ifugao GIAHS Sustainable Development Committee, reiterated his continuing commitment, support and utmost appreciation to the program including all the collaborators and partner agencies in the implementation of the ISMTP. (JDP/MB L-PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon