Yamang Bukid Farm to present farming model to global audience

Published: July 20, 2019 02:22pm | Puerto Princesa City


Yamang Bukid Farm is among the presenters in the 2019 International Conference on Biosphere and Sustainability, a gathering of scientists, educators, government policymakers and other stakeholders all over the world aimed at exchanging researches and underscoring policy implications of scientific findings on the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To be held at City Asturias Hotel in Puerto Princesa City from July 24-26, the farm destination of Barangay Bacungan will be represented by Bro. George Maria, a seminarian and farm consultant, who will talk about how the farm, a former barren and unproductive highland, was transformed into an emerging tourism draw and model for integrative and diversified farming.

Yamang Bukid Farm's biodiversity is evident with these pictures of bees sipping nectar on the Farm's various flowers (Photos by JM Zap)

“Yamang Bukid Farm is a place of a happy farming community where genuine happiness is not for sale. It is an agroforestry or integrated production system that is based on organic farming approach,” Bro George said, adding YBF has become one of the fastest-growing farm tourism destination in Puerto Princess and in Palawan.

A farmer works on one of Yamang Bukid Farm's contoured plots. Palawan's emerging farm tourism destination is aiming to become a model of sustainable agriculture. (Photo by JM Zap)

Dr. Rodolfo “Jun” Abalus Jr., a tree scientist who is also a Yamang Bukid Farm consultant, will also do a presentation on biomass and carbon stocks found in a sub watershed at Mt. Makiling of Southern Luzon. The conference, which will also feature researches, studies and learnings conducted in biosphere reserves is organized by Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) and Palawan Knowledge Platform for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development and co-organized by international partners from South Korea, University of Montreal in Canada, University of Kansas (USA) and with participation from Nagoya University, City University of Hong Kong and UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Yamang Bukid Farm's famed sunflower garden (Photo by JM Zap)

The conference will also highlight the learning laboratories for sustainable development under Unesco’s Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme.


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  • PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—An international environmental expert on Wednesday called on world environment policymakers, scientists and the business sector to find ways to develop business plans that would help promote biodiversity and sustainability. Dr. Antonio de Abreu, a biologist from Portugal said investment in tourism that help promote biodiversity should be encouraged.

    Dr. Antonio de Abreu, an environment expert of Unesco's Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme in Portugal speaks before the International Conference on Biosphere and Sustainability in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on July 24. The confab which runs until July 26 gathers over 100 scientists, experts, educators and business leaders all over the world and talks about how to preserve and sustain the planet's life sphere.(Photos by Dianne Kathryn Datu)

    "Don't be afraid of investment (on biodiversity). Investment is good (when it helps develop and sustain biodiversity)," Abreu said in a speech during the International Conference on Biosphere and Sustainability held here which was participated by Yamang Bukid Farm-Palawan and more than 120 other local and international entities from the scientific, academic, business and government sectors. Abreu underscored the challenge to invest in and develop a business plan "that is economically sustainable and socially acceptable."
    "That is the only way to succeed in this limited planet," said Abreu, a specialist in Unesco's Man and Biosphere (MAB) Reserves in Lisbon.

    The Portuguese expert noted the Philippines' unique place in biodiversity conservation as the country is home to three Unesco-recognized Biosphere Reserves (BRs) located in Palawan, Puerto Galera and Albay. He said these biodiversity-rich regions are good in tourism owing to their natural and cultural riches.

    A honeybee collects nectar on a flower at the Yamang Bukid Farm. The farm tourism destination in Puerto Princesa City's Bacungan village is home to different species of flora and fauna and shows the farm's rich biodiversity.
    (Photos by Dianne Kathryn Datu)

    The scientist emphasized the need for stakeholders to tap not only the areas' natural beauty which are limited but also utilize the richness of its social and cultural aspects. "This is about our commitment in increasing social and natural resilience as well as promoting behavioral changes," he said, citing as example BR communities in Latin America that turned away from growing coca plants for cocaine production and became cocoa farmers. "They are no longer pursued by police and drug cartels. They already have money," he said. Investing in BRs to make money should be coupled with providing communities around it alternative livelihood that is sustainable and environment-friendly, said participant Bro. George Maria.

    Bro. George Maria (right), of Yamang Bukid Farm poses with Dr. Antonio de Abreu, a Portuguese environment scientist during the International Conference on Biosphere and Sustainability in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on July 24. Yamang Bukid Farm is among the presenters of the three-day event that runs until July 26.(Photos by Dianne Kathryn Datu)

    Bro. George, consultant for Yamang Bukid, said the farm has tapped former illegal loggers in transforming an agriculturally-inhospitable area in the city's Bacungan village into a growing farm tourism destination that is advocating sustainable agriculture practices.
    "If Yamang Bukid Farm, being a startup, can do it, so do other bigger businesses. It's just a matter of commitment from the business sector if it wants to repay what it has taken from the environment," Maria said. He said Yamang Bukid also sees to it that dignity of farmers and their concern for the environment is maintained or restored.

    "We want for people to have a good, positive perspective towards the farmers. That they are our partner in conserving resources and preserving the planet," Maria said. He said behavioural change is not enough. "You do not just inform them about the importance of their participation in environment conservation. You form the farmers into responsible and caring stewards of the planet," Maria added.
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