Mindanao is home to some of the country’s remaining forests which are critical sanctuaries of the almost-extinct Philippine Monkey-Eating Eagle.

Mindanao gears toward sustainability and resilience amidst COVID-19

To promote sustainability and resilience in Mindanao, the DOST - National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) will hold the Future Earth Philippines Regional Workshop on April 26 and 28, 2021 with the theme: “Synergizing knowledge and governance for sustainable development in Mindanao in the age of disruptions.”

The Future Earth Philippines (FEP) is a program initiated by Dr. Lourdes J. Cruz, National Scientist and past NRCP President, to boost the country’s capacity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since 2018, it has organized a series of workshops to capacitate researchers, government agencies, and civil societies towards generating Knowledge-to-Action Programs (PKAPS) and other sustainability initiatives.


The Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of Mindanao have long been protecting the island’s rich forests and other natural ecosystems for centuries.

The FEP Mindanao workshop will feature talks and presentations on various topics such as biodiversity status, sustainable resource utilization, indigenous peoples (IPs) rights, the role of inclusive governance, local sustainability initiatives, and renewable energy production.

There will also be workshops to guide the participants, particularly the local government units (LGUs), in identifying sustainability issues and subsequently, craft relevant solutions through researches and action plans aligned with the COVID-19 recovery program of the national government.

Around 300 representatives from the academe, LGUs, non-government organizations, indigenous peoples (IPs) representatives, and other sectors are expected to attend the said activity.

Earlier, a similar FEP workshop was conducted for the Visayas cluster with the participation of different stakeholders.

FEP recognizes the need to localize approaches and strategies towards improving the country’s sustainability and resilience, thus, the conduct of various seminar-workshops in the regional level.