From February 20 to March 23, 2012, Engr. Jeark Principe, an instructor at the UP Department of Geodetic Engineering (DGE), participated in the five week intensive postgraduate courses on Building Resilience to Climate Change (BRCC) held at the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) in Tokyo, Japan. The said courses have been developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR)—a joint initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia—and covered issues on sustainability and adaptation to climate and ecosystems change.
The BRCC Spring 2012 was different from the previous course offerings because this time, participants have received practical training in the use of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for climate and ecosystems change research. The participants for this year were 17 individuals coming from 16 countries who were MS and PhD students and professionals affiliated with institutions that deal with climate change studies. Engr. Principe was the only delegate from the Philippines whose participation in the courses was partially funded by the UNU-ISP’s partial fellowship grant and the Faculty Development Grant from UP ERDFI through Dean Matias of the College of Engineering. He will be delivering a talk on June 25, 2012 during the DGE’s Monthly Department Seminar where he will share highlights of the BRCC courses.Note: Originaly posted in the DGE-TCAGP drupalgardens website.