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IFSU hosts 5th RP and Japan GIAHS Forum
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COLLABORATION -- The continuing collaboration between the Ifugao Rice Terraces and Noto Satoyama-Satoumi, Japan was further strengthened during the 5th RP-Japan Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems Forum hosted by the Ifugao State University on Jan. 24. In photo are IFSU President Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon (left) along with Prof. Koji Nakamura, Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program executive director (center) and Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon, former IFSU president (right). -- Contributed photo

The Ifugao State University in collaboration with different stakeholders spearheaded the 5th Philippine-Japan Forum on ISMTP on Jan. 24 at its main campus in Nayon, Lamut, Ifugao.

The forum had the theme, “Advance the sustainable development gains of the Ifugao Rice Terraces and Noto Satoyama-Satoumi as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) designated sites towards a plausible Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP)-Phase III.”

As a host for the first twinning program in the world of GIAHS between the Ifugao Rice Terraces of the Philippines and Noto Satoyama-Satoumi, Japan, IFSU has been holding the annual Philippine-Japan Forum since 2014.

“Since 2014, the Philippine-Japan Forum on ISMTP is a major part to highlight the twinning endeavors of Ifugao and Noto, Japan in identifying similar problems while planning efforts and actions to address issues in the GIAHS in both sites. This is also in sync with the objective of the ISMTP to mainstream adaptive management framework of GIAHS, and develop human resource and organize local communities,” said IFSU president Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon.

Gov. Pedro G. Mayam-o reiterated his commitment and support to the ISMTP program.

The governor, the chairperson of the Ifugao GIAHS Sustainable Development Committee, also extended his appreciation to the collaborators and partner agencies in the implementation of the ISMTP.

The forum was divided into three sessions to discuss the gains, challenges, and recommendations of ISMTP and Noto Satoyama-Satoumi Meister Training Program (NSSMTP); Ifugao Rice Terraces-Noto Satoyama-Satoumi Assessment; and forum plenary.

Some ISMTP and NSSMTP alumni presented highlights of their research during the forum. ISMTP alumni Jobert Allan I. Tobiagon presented the “Status and distribution of battikulin in Kiangan, Ifugao” while Rolando H. Addug, another ISMTP alumni discussed the “Planting depth and water level management of Hagada Rice in Batad, Banaue, Ifugao.”

Graceous P. Biniahan discussed “Labor availability and water supply situation of Bacung spider web rice terraces in Hungduan, Ifugao.”

For the Japanese side, Sakiko Kawabe of Kanazawa University discussed, “Everyday object collections for historical studies: The Ifugao, Philippines and Noto, Japan Case.”

Dr. Yusuke Ueno of the Ishikawa Prefectural University also presented the “Reintroduction of Crested Ibis in Sado Island and Green Infra Concept.”

NSSMTP alumni Satoshi Tagami discussed the “Ecological survey of a migrant butterfly species for nature education.”

Another highlight of the forum was the commitment and support of all the stakeholders to strengthen collaboration for a plausible ISMTP-Phase III. The forum further discussed on how to mainstream GIAHS and Satoyama concept and the conduct of Ifugao Satoyama Assessment.

The forum will be replicated in Japan this month.


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