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Iloilo City is hosting the 5th International Conference and Scientific Meeting on Environmental Education at the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) and Hotel del Rio in Molo district Feb. 15-17, 2012.

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said the big event boosts the city’s growing reputation as an educational and research center and an ideal convention destination in the country.

Themed “Environmental Education for Adaptive Water Resource Management,” the three-day global convention brings together international and national environmental education experts and practitioners to present their work as technical papers or posters on their initiatives in managing water resources through relevant and innovative environmental education approaches.

The theme covers individual and institutional efforts on instruction, research, training and extension, and development works that mainly deal on reexamining how to manage freshwater and coastal and marine waters.

The global meeting is sponsored by the Environmental Education Network of the Philippines, Inc. (EENP) now Philippines Network of Educators on Environment (PNEE) and hosted by JBLFMU.

“In the global ecosystem, water performs a host of crucial, life-giving roles and has sustained the world’s human populations in complex interaction with the natural and social environment,” PNEE said in a statement.

“Today, every community is not spared from water-related problems or water crisis. Floods, water shortages, famine and droughts may seem to fit the notion of ‘natural disasters’ but in reality, these are the direct results of the ways and means we use and manage water,” it added.