2nd National Conference and Workshop of the Philippines-Japan Collaborative Project (NCW2)

Date: 17-18 June 2014

Venue: Audiovisual Rm., UP Marine Science Institute CS, Dil., QC

Theme: “Community resilience through knowledge-based policies”


2 June 2014


In 2015 onwards, the Millennium Development Goals will be supplanted by a sustainable development strategy whereby community resilience will be in focus. In development, people and institutions have been the center of concerns and the Philippines has been consistent in its effort to ensure both the needs and aspirations of its people and institutions as well as their responsibility towards present and future generations. The potential of its rich and abundant resources from the seas, coastal environments, biodiversity, and most importantly, human capital, to guarantee its growth in the face of recent formidable odds is recognized.  Here, one big challenge for the country remains: how to utilize newly acquired knowledge and ensure community resilience so that the resources are used for the well being of its people in years to come. It is along these lines that the Philippines-Japan Collaborative Project, “Coastal Ecosystem Conservation and Adaptive Management” (CECAM) was conceived and for the last 4 years, nurtured by the two long-time development country partners.

The “2nd National Conference/Workshop of CECAM” (CECAM NCW2), in collaboration with partners, is being organized with the primary reason to address the above challenge. With the theme: “Community resilience through knowledge-based policies”, the conference will be held 17-18 June 2014, Audiovisual Rm., UP Marine Science Institute CS, Diliman, QC. It has the following objectives. In audience-friendly language:

  1. To provide an inclusive national-level forum to identify, discuss and provide insights into the current Philippine coastal and marine ecosystems policy issues;
  2. To forge stronger and create networking opportunities among social, science and policy stakeholders;
  3. To provide a venue for a new generation of scientists, entrepreneurs and policy makers to interact, innovate and shape the future of Philippine marine ecosystems policy landscape; and
  4. To provide a supportive environment for innovative ideas and projects in coastal and marine ecosystems policy, and encourage further collaborations across sectors.

Conference presentation mechanics

Authoritative and comprehensive keynote and plenary presenters will be invited to set the tone of the days’ sessions. These will be complimented by brief responses from Special Guests. Both oral (20 min) and poster presentations will be encouraged from participants although oral presentations will be limited only to those focusing on integrated approaches which address the following specific topics:

  1. Ecosystem response to multiple environmental stressors (global & local)
  2. Ecosystem conservation
  3. Adaptive management
  4. Usefulness of an Integrated Decision Support System (IDSS)
  5. Socioeconomics supporting any of the above

Instructions for Abstracts, Posters and Oral Presentations

(Note: Time and space for oral presentations and posters in this conference will be allocated only to those which have undergone pre-screening by Project Leaders (in the case of CECAM members only) and by the Technical Committee (in the case of the non-members)

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations

  1. Abstracts must be submitted in English, in A4 size; Times New Roman font; no longer than 300 words. Included in the main body of the abstract are the following:
  • Title (font size 14 Point; bold), make sure the title is brief and clearly indicates the nature of the presentation; Authors (12 P, bold); Affiliation (12 P, normal); text (12 P, normal); key words (4 to 6 key words, 12 P, normal, Italic).
  • Use line spacing of 16P and leave a 2.5 cm margin on all sides of the text.
  • Indent ca. 3 spaces on the first line of each paragraph and do not leave blank lines between paragraphs.
  • Abstracts should not contain literature citations.
  1. Abstract must be sent as an attached Word file to the NCW2 Technical Secretariat

(see contact numbers below) on or before 13 June 2014.

Poster Presentations

  1. Posters will be displayed in the Poster Session Hall (ground floor) beside the Audio-Visual Room of the UPMSI during the conference.
  1. The maximum area available for a poster is 120 cm x 120 cm (A0-size paper is recommended).
  1. We are planning to publish the research papers on which the posters are based in late 2014. The author(s) who are willing to submit their manuscripts for publication are requested to follow the instructions to be communicated to all participants in due time, and send their manuscripts to the guest editors c/o the NCW2 Secretariat by 15 July 2014.

Oral Presentations

To achieve our objectives, oral presentations at the conference should not be ‘regular’ presentation of research results. As clearly stated above, they need to address very specific tasks as clear indications of progress or advancements in the primary outputs of the project or related topics. Hence, 20 minutes (~ 15 slides) have been allotted to each oral presentation. We hope that this framework will engender a smooth flow and consistency across the talks and provide a clear foundation for solutions-focused discussions following the talks and the workshop.

Who should participate?

CECAM NCW2 is an ideal event for:

  • Researchers across all academic, environmental, social sectors
  • Government policy-makers (national, provincial and local)
  • Industrial R&D managers and senior management from the private sector
  • Research granting agencies and funding institutions
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Writers and journalists
  • Communications and government relations professionals
  • Graduate students and trainees
  • Media practitioners


This 2nd National Conference/Workshop on Coastal Ecosystem Conservation and Adaptive Management (CECAM NCW2) is a major activity of the 5-year Philippines-Japan Project, entitled, “Integrated Costal Ecosystems Conservation and Adaptive Management Under Local and Global Environmental Impacts in the Philippines”. The project aims to develop a science-based decision support system to manage coastal resources and biodiversity in the face of local and global environmental uncertainties. It is under a new program jointly established in 2008 by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). This scheme is entitled “Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).” This program aims to advance Japanese science and technology and enhance research capacity of recipient countries by developing new techniques and acquiring new insights through joint activities between Japan and recipient countries.

Tentative Program and Expectations

Activities in Day 1 and the morning of Day 2 aim principally to address Objective 1. Hence, in audience-friendly language and mode of presentation, presenters are expected to identify, discuss and provide insights especially on the 5 specific topics (see page 2).  Expectedly, this process will ventilate and put in bigger context, the current Philippine coastal and marine ecosystems policy issues.  The rest of Day 2 will address Objectives 2-4, i.e., forging stronger linkages and create networking opportunities among social, science and policy stakeholders.  This will provide a venue for a new generation of scientists, entrepreneurs and policy makers to interact, innovate and shape the future of Philippine marine ecosystems policy landscape. Guide questions will be provided to direct the discussions in a smooth, focused and orderly manner.

Day 1 (17 June, Tues)


Opening Ceremonies

Keynote and Plenaries


Oral presentations


Oral presentations

Poster Exhibits

Summation of the day’s highlights

Day 2 (18 June, Wed)


Workshop Proper 1: Identifying, discussing and providing  insights into the current Philippine coastal and marine ecosystems policy issues;

Workshop Proper 2:  Forging stronger linkages and create networking opportunities among social, science and policy stakeholders;



Sector or group presentation

Open discussion & Summation


Deadlines (Please see form attached)

Submission of Expression of Interest                                    6 June 2014

Notification of approval of submissions                              8 June 2014

Submission of abstract of paper/poster                               13 June 2014

For further details:

Please contact:

Mr. Yoshinobu Takishita

Project Coordinator

CECAM Project

Tel. No. (02) 433 3689/ +63 9198726914

Email Add: monolith99@hotmail.com

Fax No.  (02) 924-7678

Ms. Gay Amabelle Go

Research Assistant

CECAM Project

Tel. No. +63 9178531544

Email Add: gayamabelle@gmail.com (Cc)

Forms Available for Download:

NCW2 Intent Form

NCW2 Announcement