Mindanao dev?t agency unveils Web portal on environment

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portal to give the public access to information and databases relating to Mindanao ecology. The portal currently features a database of laws and policies, geo-hazard maps, river basin profiles and master plans, and presentations from the recently conducted Mindanao Economy and Environment Summit. It serves as a one-stop shop information center on environmental mechanisms, studies, plans, programs, and projects from partners and champions of the MindaNOW program. ?Our aim is for the MindaNOW portal to be the major information source for watershed and river basin planning, and this can only be achieved with the contributions of our experts, partners, and other stakeholders and the public,? said Luwalhati Antonino, MinDA chairperson. The MindaNOW portal also features the MindaNOW Experts Forum where environment and economy experts and community of learners and practitioners can be accessed for technical support by partner agencies, LGUs, national government agencies, NGOs, civil society and the private and industry sectors. Ricardo de Ungria, chair of the Mindanao Studies Consortium Foundation Inc. (MSCFI), signed up during the portal?s ceremonial launch as the first accredited member of the MindaNOW Experts? Forum. De Ungria said other members of the consortium will also be encouraged to sign up to ensure Mindanao stakeholders can access a wider range of expertise from the forum. All experts that will sign up will automatically be tapped as partners for the MindaNOW program. Environmental advocacy groups, especially those in Mindanao, are also welcome to share their activities and learning through the portal. ?We enjoin all professionals, researchers, technical groups, and environmental advocates to join in as members and impart their expertise to the rest of the MindaNOW constituency,? said Antonino She also encouraged the program?s existing partners to continue to contribute data to the Web portal that could be of great use to the public. A platform where the general public can post their environmental updates, issues, and concerns is also being built. ]]>

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