Past experiences on land reclamation projects have proven to be disadvantageous to fishing communities and their environment. The Pamalakaya fisherfolk federation recalled that land reclamation paved the way for the demolition of fishing communities along Manila Bay and the destruction of rich mangrove areas during the time of former Presidents Ferdinand Marcos.
This predicament bound to be replicated on a national scale via the national reclamation plan merits the staging of the first ever People’s Summit on the Impacts of Reclamation. It is a concrete response and an indictment of massive land reclamation across municipal waters, coastal resources, rivers and bays that would sacrifice people’s livelihood, at the very least.
The People’s Summit on the Impacts of Reclamation is a two-day summit and poster exhibit of related environmental studies and community advocacies and struggles against massive land reclamation projects.
The Summit washeld on October 24- 25, 2012 at the College of Science Auditorium, University of the Philippines Diliman.
The summit hopes to gather concerned citizens for a critical study of the National Reclamation Plan and call for a moratorium on the implementation of the plan until a more transparent, consultative and sound reclamation development schemSummit Organizers Summit Organizerse is established.
At the end of the 2-day Summit, participants will have:
1) Gained a better understanding of the National Reclamation Plan, including reclamation as a development option;
2) Caught lessons on recent anti-reclamation struggles from other provinces and cities where land reclamation projects have been planned and/or implemented;
3) Learned about scientific studies and legal options on coastal resources and reclamation impacts and how best to address related environmental concerns;
4) Established a network and planned for common activities to engage national and local government in calling for a moratorium on the implementation of the National Reclamation Plan.