The 2014 recipient of CEEP Alumni Achievement Award, Dr. Jessie B. Manuta, spoke at this year’s colloquium on, Enhancing Resiliency and Adaptive Capacity of Indigenous Peoples to Climate Change Risks: Some Lessons Learned from the Philippines. He also chaired this year’s Annual EEPSA Conference which took place on May 3, 2014.
Dr. Manuta is a research fellow of the Tropical Institute for Climate Studies (TropICS) in Ateneo de Davao University. He has been a board member of the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) since 2010. He was a Research Fellow of the Advanced Institute on Vulnerability to Global Environmental Change Programme funded by the Systems for Analysis, Research, and Training (START) in 2004. He was a postdoctoral fellow of the Unit for Social and Environmental Research (USER), in Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2003.
His current engagement in the Philippines focuses on creating spaces and platforms for partnership and capacity-building among different stakeholders, especially the vulnerable groups, in “climate-proofing” development interventions in the region. He provides guidance and assistance in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the planning and development programs of local communities, civil society organizations (CSOs), and local government units (LGUs).
His work merges critical analysis, research and engagement in the climate change- environment-development nexus with pragmatic aspiration and action towards transformation of social, economic, and power relations and structures underpinning the vulnerability of people in the margins, especially indigenous communities. He advocates a transformative social inquiry that generates new perspectives and knowledge resulting in progressive, just, and sustainable possibilities and outcomes.
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