Training Workshop on Ecosystem Service Shared Value Assessment (ESSVA) for Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM

The International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC) and the Research Center for Sustainability and Environment (RCSE), Shiga University based in Japan conducted a Training Workshop, in collaboration with the Laguna Lake Development Authority, on Ecosystem Service Shared Value Assessment (ESSVA) for Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM) from February 20 to 23, 2017 at the LLDA Conference Room. ILEC and RCSE have been LLDA’s partners in advocating integrated lake basin management utilizing the ILBM Platform. The principal speaker and trainor of the said event was Dr. Masahisa Nakamura, Resident Director and Deputy Director General, ILEC, Japan.

The said event served as an avenue for sharing of information relative to lakebasin management concepts, experiences, studies and new approaches. It was also an opportunity for the participants to enhance their knowledge and skills in planning through application of new methodologies such as the ESSVA. The said tool facilitates the identification of diverse values that ecosystems can provide and recognition of these values would lead to a practical and holistic appreciation of the ecosystem services necessary in implementing an integrated lake basin management. According to Dr. Nakamura, the ILBM approach is important in achieving sustainable management of lakes and reservoirs through gradual, continuous and holistic improvement of basin governance, including sustained efforts for integration of institutional responsibilities, policy directions, stakeholders participation, scientific and traditional knowledge, technological possibilities and funding prospects and constraints.

Thirty (30) participants from various units of LLDA (Project Development Management Division, Community Development Division, Environmental Laboratory and Research Division and Policy Planning and Information Management Division) as well as representatives from the Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the Mindanao State University, and representatives from the LGU of San Pablo City and Lanao del Sur attended the said activity.