Youth-in-Action for Disaster Risk Preparedness and Reduction:
Resilience and Adaptation Strategies by the Youth
The project endeavored to help reduce the disaster risks faced by the municipalities of Balete, Mataasnakahoy, and Tingloy through increased community participation and youth involvement. It is being implemented through United Nations – World Food Programme’s Disaster Preparedness and Response Programme in the province of Batangas.
Youth Ecological Camp for Balete
09-11 March 2016
Emilio’s Farm and Resort
Thirty-five (35) high school students from the two (2) schools in the municipality of Balete, namely Balete National School and Our Lady of Fatima Educational System, participated in the 3-day ecocamp. The ecocamp aimed to engage the youth towards actions and initiatives relevant to wetlands, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and mitigation, and other related issues in their town. It was conducted through an experiential curriculum that focused on wetland conservation and disaster risk preparedness and reduction.
As a component activity of the project, the Youth Ecological Camp has the following objectives:
- To learn about the basic ecological principles, wetland conservation concepts, DPR/DRR and CCAM concepts, and how it is intricately connected to wetland conservation.
- To learn about the environmental status of the Municipality of Balete, the pressures and problems besetting it and identify solutions that they can implement at their level.
- To appreciate the value of camaraderie and partnerships in working towards wetland conservation, CCAM and DPR/DRRM.