Developing Youth Leadership for a More Sustainable Environment

This spring, three emerging leaders from the Philippines, namely: Juvelyn Boniba-Pamonag (National Economic and Development Authority, Region-VI), Jerico Roy Germar (Department of Social Welfare and Development Central Office), and Cirilo Lagnason, Jr. (Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region XII), head to the United States of America to participate in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders … Continue reading Developing Youth Leadership for a More Sustainable Environment

Compost and Organic Gardening in Brunei

Staff from the Department of Environment, Parks, & Recreation hand sorting finished compost.Compost takes 4-5 months and requires protection from too much precipitation. This valuable finished product is starting to be used in gardens such as this one - The Food Jungle, a 10 acre organic garden in Tutong run by only three government workers. … Continue reading Compost and Organic Gardening in Brunei

The Spirit of Bayanihan

Setting the Scene According to the World Risk Report of 2018, the Philippines is the third most vulnerable country to disasters. The country lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire where 80% of earthquakes occur. Around 20-25 typhoons ravage the country every year, leading to the loss of lives and millions of damages to infrastructure and … Continue reading The Spirit of Bayanihan

Brunei: small in land, but big-hearted people

Finally arrived after an inconvenient snowstorm in hometown Denver delayed us before we ever got off the ground; just enough to miss the connection to Hong Kong and then Brunei. Delays long forgotten after being warmly welcomed by Nabilah and with each successive meeting here. A morning meeting with the Department of Environment, Parks and … Continue reading Brunei: small in land, but big-hearted people

A week in Merauke, the eastern most city in Indonesia

On Friday morning, March 4th, Aprianto and I visited the Merauke Regency Government office that handles infrastructure planning.  We met with two planners, Samuel and James, and their manager.  I shared information about Charles County and our government structure.  We discussed enforcement challenges experienced in the Merauke region when multiple provinces share resources and have … Continue reading A week in Merauke, the eastern most city in Indonesia

From Jakarta to Merauke

The last few days I’ve met many people from government directorates and NGOs throughout Jakarta. I’ve shared about Charles County, our government, the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program (WPRP) functions, the Chesapeake Bay Program and the restoration effort in the Bay watershed. I’ve learned about the current goals of the Directorates of Forestry and Conservation, … Continue reading From Jakarta to Merauke