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In 2015, the United Nations have set 17 goals to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all”. These goals known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have to be achieved within 15 years.

To attain the Sustainable Development Goals, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) agreed to have it as its overarching theme for the NAST Annual Scientific Meeting on July. The NAST Agricultural Sciences Division decided to focus on SDG No. 14: Life below Water. The conservation and sustainable use of marine resources is crucial in achieving the SDG Nos. 1-3: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, and Good Health and Well-being.

Before the Annual Scientific Meeting, NAST will be conducting the Regional Scientific Meeting on March 13-14, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Davao City. This is in response to the directives of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to bring science initiatives to the regions where food production needs to be improved and innovation needs to be developed.

With the theme “Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Philippine Fisheries 20/20”, the two-day event is aimed at gathering all stakeholders to present and discuss the current status of the country in achieving the SDGs specifically in the fisheries. Topics to be discussed include Sustainable Sardine Production, Philippine Seaweed Industry, Waste Management in Tuna and Sardines Canning and Processing Industry, and Fishing Boats among others. Resolutions/ recommendations on the appropriate interventions for the government and private sectors will be collected and submitted to concerned institutions/agencies.

For more information on the upcoming Regional Scientific Meeting, you may visit our website at www.region11.dost.gov.ph and our official facebook page, www.facebook.com/dostregion11.

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