Global climate patterns have been changing, and the Philippines, most specifically the Mindoro islands were not spared from this phenomenon. This climate change would greatly affect the watershed areas in the islands of Mindoro.

Sustainable development as defined by the United Nation’s “Our common Future” is to meet the needs of the present generations without compromising the ability of the future generations in meeting their own, is a long-term agenda in the global perspective, and as our contribution, the stakeholders of Mindoro convened to discuss this. With the initiative of the Provincial Government of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro with Alyansa Laban sa Mina (ALAMIN) sponsored the Environmental Governance Summit 2017 at Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro on May 4, 2017.

The Summit was called to provide venue and opportunity for the government, local organizations and communities to sit down and share updates on programs, projects and plans concerning the protection and management of upper watershed areas in between the two provinces. It also seeks to emphasize and agree on the goal of one-island development planning framework for the island of Mindoro with particular focus on the responsibility of protecting common watersheds for sustainable development. The perceived output of the Summit is to formulate an action plan for the next three years to sustain the needs of the communities.

Ms. Grace Diamante. MBCFI’s Executive Director was invited as resource speaker on the state of Mindoro’s Biodiversity based on MBCFI’s research data, and the current status of the foundation’s program in the two provinces.