I believe that private property rights recognition and protection is a key program to encourage the dual goal of nature conservation and resource production. The "tragedy of the commons" is too glaring and too visible in many parts of public forest land in the country. Which explains why many public or government "forest lands" are devoid of meaningful forest stand.
Yesterday, some officers of the World Association for Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC) and soil scientists and engineers from Thailand, led by Dr. Samran Sombatpanit, Past President, and Dr. Li Rui (China(, Current President, of WASWAC, participated in a seminar organized by the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), DA, in Quezon City. The group of Thai and Chinese scientists came from Aklan and attended the annual meeting of the Philippine soil scientists.
Weeks before that, I was asked by Doc Samran, a good friend for nearly a decade now, if I can present our experience at terraces construction in the said seminar. I quickly said Yes to him.
BSWM Director, Dr. Silvino Q. Tejada, along with almost all division chiefs and directors of the Bureau, were there.
The three men seated in the front were: Dr. Sombatpanit, Dr. Tejada, and Dr. Rui. Me, I was standing at the back, right side. This photo is from Dr. Sumon Nakchalerm.
Thanks Dr. Samran, Dr. Tejada.
Meanwhile, the full 40-slides presentation is available in slideshare.
Agri Econ 8: On Rice Price Stabilization, January 16, 2013
Agri Econ 9: On Agrarian Reform and Agri Credit, April 29, 2013
Agri Econ 10: On Rice Price Spikes, September 29, 2013
Agri Econ 11: Protecting Land Properties by the Poor in India, April 22, 2014
Farming Notes 1: Dr. Samran Sombatpanit and WASWC, June 17, 2008
Farming Notes 2: My Treehouse, August 16, 2010
Farming Notes 3: Bt Eggplants vs Environmentalists, December 20, 2010
Farming Notes 4: Stone Terraces to Reduce Flash Flood, January 04, 2012