3rd CLEAR Youth Network Congress

In line with the Living Lakes 10th year Anniversary theme, this year’s theme for the 3rd CLEAR Youth Network Congress is “Wetlands and Culture”.  Wetlands are a storehouse of cultural heritage which takes many forms, from human-made physical structures and artifacts, palaeontological records in sediments and peat, and traditional water and land-use management practices, to places of religious and mythological significance and the intangible ‘sense of place’ felt by many for these wild and often mysterious sites and their wildlife.   more on the CLEAR Youth Network >>

This year’s theme pays tribute to humanity and its long time relationship with wetland ecosystems. To illustrate this relationship and communicate its importance, the Congress revolves around the following sub-themes:

  • the history of wetlands and people
  • wetlands as an early source of food and raw materials
  • working in wetlands – the tools of the trade
  • cultural heritage – a management challenge
  • wetlands – a cultural landscape
  • wetlands – a cultural landscape for learning and leisure
  • wetlands and spiritual life
  • wetlands – an inspiration in art, music, literature and folklore

The Congress was held on 26-27 July 2008 at Camp Allen Development and Training Center in Santa Cruz, Laguna. It was attended by sixty-six (66) youth from various lakeshore cities and municipalities of Laguna de Bay.


Opening Programme
     Welcome Remarks Ms. Amy Lecciones, Vice President
(Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands)


Ms. Rose Bonifacio
(Laguna Lake Development Authority)
Mr.  Shan Chua
(Unilever Philippines)
Sharing Stories about Caring for the Lake Updates on lake conservation activities (15 min. presentation for each group)
Learning about Wetlands and Culture


Dr. Lope Calanog
(Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources)

  • Protection and Management of Cultural Landscapes
  • Cultural values and history as an important element of conservation
  • Culture, Landscape, Tourism and Recreation
Group Interaction
Theater Arts Workshop  Mr. Arnel Caranto
(LIFE, Inc.)
Planning for 2008-2009 Facilitators:  CLEAR and Group Coordinators
Reporting  of Accomplishments
Action Planning / Presentation of Plans
Closing Programme /
Distribution of Certificates
Coordinators Meeting


The CLEAR Partners with their Opening Messages


Dr. Lope Calanog of Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau on “Wetlands and Culture”

Profile of Participants

1 Nine (9) delegates from Tanay, Rizal; with two coordinators from the Municipal Government of Tanay
2 Eight (8) delegates from Los Baños, Laguna; with a coordinator from the University of the Philippines – Los Baños
3 Eleven (11) delegates from Muntinlupa City; with a coordinator from Pedro E. Diaz High School
4 Eight (8) delegates from San Pablo City; with a coordinator from CANOSSA College
5 Eleven (11) delegates from Lumban; with two coordinators from Lumban National High School
6 Ten (10) delegates from Pangil, Laguna; with two coordinators

CLEAR partners



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