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Event abstract of SENDONG  FORUM on January 31..  Thanks to Kristine R. Ravanera for information.

The tragedy brought by tropical cyclone Sendong (Washi) shocked the world. 1,257 were confirmed dead with more than a thousand are reported missing and feared dead. In Cagayan de Oro alone 615 have been confirmed dead, 555 missing and at least 225 injured. 5,801 houses have been totally damaged with 12,635 houses partially damaged.

So severe was the impact of Sendong that it may be summed as environmental degradation + climate change + bad governance – effective and functional disaster risk reduction.

This forum shall tackle the human aspects of the tragedy by looking back at historical antecedents, the early warnings, calls for early response and would try to synthesize a tangible course of action that aims at addressing the issues of environmental degradation brought by logging, mining, unsustainable agriculture, solid waste mismanagement, bad urban planning, lack of transparent and accountable governance to increasing people’s capacity to adapt to climate change and increased resiliency to disaster.

Environmentalist and natural resource management expert Raoul Geollegue, would explain the factual basis of dire warnings as early as 20 years ago about the possibility of a flooding tragedy akin to the one that struck Ormoc City in November 1991.

Environmentalist Orlando R. Ravanera would share the historic struggle of the environmental watchdog Task Force Macajalar to stop logging, mining and a host of environment issues in Cagayan de Oro City.

Journalist and environment campaigner BenCyrus G. Ellorin will try to analyze “why what happened happened?” from the point of view of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and general governance issues.

Climate change campaigner Red Constantino of the Institute of Climate and Sustainable Cities would discuss climate change realities, the need for climate change adaptation finance that addresses climate justice and the imperative of the passage of the Philippine Survival Fund.

We invite everyone to join us as we deepen our knowledge and take action on the environmental issues exposed in the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong.

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