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A workshop on the Development of a Generic Protocol for Establishing Regional Land Information System (LandIS) and Soil Fertility Assessment and Monitoring will be held on May 23 and 24 at the AVR 2.

The workshop aims to disseminate information on the methodology used and results of the soil research component of Phase III of the CUD-EPaM Project. The workshop will touch on the Philippine and Belgian experiences in developing land information system, soil fertility assessment and monitoring; how information is disseminated to stakeholders; and opportunities and challenges. The workshop will also identify the status of soil resources and management studies in the participants’ areas of influence, as well as their contributions in addressing soil and land issues. Furthermore, the activity will identify the areas of improvement on the LandIS methodology developed. The workshop will address its invitations to stakeholders from the Philippine government agencies that handle concerns on land and environment, academic and research institutions, information end-users, the farmers and the project partners.

The Commission of Universities for Development (CUD) of the Belgian government has provided opportunities for research to contribute to the improvement and strengthening of local resources management. The EPaM of the CUD Phase III Project is geared toward greater human security in Mindanao by Establishing strategic research Partnerships to strengthen local governance in land and Water Management. It is a partnership of Belgian Universities, namely, Universite de Liege – Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (ULg-GxABT), the lead proponent, University Catholique de Louvain and Universite de Namur, and in the Philippines with Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) as the local lead partner, with Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan and Ateneo de Davao University.

The EPaM Project aims to find useful understanding of the current state of land in selected areas in Mindanao.  The project builds the capacity of local partners and the academe with local government participation, and provides a learning environment for studying soil status and the dynamics of land use in Mindanao.