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Climate Stories from the Philippines


From Ridge to Reef: Climate Stories from the Philippines

Tuesday, April 19

6:00-7:30 PM PT

St. Clare Room 3rd Floor Library and Learning Commons and on Zoom

The Philippines is considered as highly at-risk to climate change, given its exposure to extreme weather events and reliance on climate-sensitive resources and industries. Join us for a panel presentation by the Ateneo Institute of Sustainability in a discussion of climate issues in different sectors, traversing its impacts on upland indigenous peoples and forestry and farming ecosystems, urban populations, and coastal and small island communities. We will also explore how multi-sectoral collaborations, particularly those between universities and inter-sectoral enterprises, can mobilize and enhance climate action.

This panel discussion is being convened for tUrn week by the Ateneo Institute of Sustainability of the Ateneo de Manila University, and is supported by the Erasmus+ co-funded project, Strengthening University-Enterprise Collaboration for Resilient Communities in Asia (SECRA).



Meet the Panelists

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GIOVANNI SOLIMAN B. REYES is the President of the Philippine Indigenous Communities Conserved Territories & Areas (ICCA) Consortium and is also a member of the Global Environment Facility - Indigenous Peoples Advisory Group (GEF-IPAG) in Washington DC.




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LAURICE “LAU” JAMERO leads the Resilience Collaboratory of the Manila Observatory, where she works closely with local governments and civil society organizations across the Philippines to support their climate and disaster risk management, and adaptation planning efforts. At the regional and international level, she also volunteers her time at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – Working Group I (6th Assessment Report contributing author), Future Earth Coasts (Fellow), and Southeast Asia Science Advisory Network (working group member).

Lau is passionate about engaging vulnerable communities in understanding climate risks and designing possible solutions, building on existing adaptive capacities and creating hope for the future through collaborative climate action. She is launching her own startup, EarthEd PH, focused on promoting climate education through knowledge exchange at the community level. 

Lau earned her PhD degree in Sustainability Science in 2018 at the University of Tokyo, where she studied climate change adaptation in small island communities.


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PAMELA NINA CABACUNGAN is the Mitigation Portfolio Manager at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia and is responsible for the low emission development pathway portfolio of ICLEI in the Southeast Asia region. She oversees program management and building relationships with member and network cities of ICLEI and with organizations in pursuit of joint and concerted climate action and urban sustainability. She works with local governments in establishing city-level GHG emissions inventories, formulating local climate action plans, and climate data reporting. She completed her undergraduate degree in BS Environmental Planning and Management at Miriam College and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Environmental Management and Studies to continue to adapt to fast-evolving nature of policies, technologies, and advocacy in the field of urban sustainability. 


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FR PEDRO WALPOLE, S.J., PhD, is the Director of Research at the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change in the Philippines and the Coordinator of Reconciliation with Creation for the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific. He also is the Coordinator for Ecojesuit Global, a hub for all sustainability enterprises in Jesuit higher education throughout the world. He holds a doctorate in land use change from King’s College in London. He is a practitioner in sustainable environment and community land -management in Southeast Asia. His interests include seeking social justice through environmental management, poverty reduction in forest lands, partnerships for local development, and advancing social concerns in forest law enforcement and governance, climate justice, and indigenous peoples’ rights.  Contact:





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CHARLOTTEKENDRA GOTANGCO GONZALES, PhD, is currently an associate professor of the Department of Environmental Science and the Director of Ateneo Institute of Sustainability.  Kendra obtained her PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University. Her research interests center on the climate and disaster science-society nexus and human-environment dynamics, particularly on applications of systems thinking. Kendra was a junior associate with the Earth Systems Physics Group of the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. She was named as one of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Young Scientists. She has also served at the World Climate Research Programme under different capacities.