BACKGROUND OF UPLB Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental
Management RDE COMMITTEE
Consistent with the UP’s vision to be a public service university, graduate university,
research university and the national university, and in line with the traditional strengths of
its faculty and REPS, UPLB must take on the mission to promote the science and
practice of INREM. Given its 11 academic units invariably engaged in instruction,
research, development and extension programs on natural resources and environmental
management led by the SESAM, CFNR, CA, CAS, CEAT, CEM, CPAf and CHE, UPLB
has the essential assets and intellectual capital to fill in the gaps in knowledge,
information, technology and competence required to make INREM a truly viable modality
to achieve natural resources sustainability and a healthy environment without impeding
As a modality for environment and natural resources (ENR) management and
development, INREM espouses integrative, holistic, systemic, participatory and
transdisciplinary approaches and tools in promoting the twin goal of sustainable
economic development and environmental stability. The INREM subscribes to the
comprehensive analysis of problems and formulation of solutions in the ENR sector and
how these interact with the drivers of change within and outside of the physical and
socio-political boundaries of the sector. It also recognizes the interconnectivity of forests
with agroecosystems, coastal and marine ecosystems and other terrestrial and aquatic
ecosystems mainly through the fluxes of water, nutrients, energy and pollutants. It
recognizes further the multiplicity of function and purpose of forests and other natural
resources and the essentiality of balancing between the protection and production
functions and purposes in order to achieve sustainability. Lastly, the successful practice
of INREM is anchored on the participation and involvement of the various stakeholders
in the full cycle of project development and management and by the concerted efforts of
experts from various disciplines to provide ample informational, technological and
In response to the challenges posed environment and natural resources degradation,
the UPLB Interdisciplinary Program on Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental
Management (UPLB IdPINREM) was established by virtue of the UPLB Office of the
Chancellor Administrative Order No. 69, Series of 2007. To further institutionalize the
interdisciplinary centers, the Office of the Chancellor promulgated Administrative Order
No. 140, Series of 2013, which rename the UPLB IdPINREM to now the UPLB
Interdisciplinary Studies Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental
Management (UPLB IDSC-INREM).
The INREM Center is envisioned to become a world-class Center of Excellence in integrated natural resources management and environmental protection through research and development, and public service.
- Develop science-based technologies and solutions to complex and interconnected problems in natural resources management and environmental protection;
- Facilitate the mainstreaming of INREM in academic, RDE and other relevant institutions;
- Lead in the transformation of sector-oriented to ecosystem/landscape-oriented mindsets and skills in natural resources management and environmental protection
- Influence policy and institutional reforms in natural resources management and environmental protection; and
- Educate and engage the general public on INREM-related issues and concerns.
The objectives of the UPLB Interdisciplinary Studies Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management are:
- Engage in interdisciplinary RDE projects on natural resources management and environmental protection;
- Demonstrate INREM from theory to practice;
- Engage the different institutions to practice INREM;
- Recommend INREM-based policy and institutional reforms;
- Conduct public education and communication on INREM issues and concerns;
- Develop INREM-based monitoring and evaluation systems.
Area-based Collaboration RDE will allow the engagement of the Center to implement projects on natural resources management and environmental protection and demonstrate INREM from theory to practice.
The program on Public Education and Capacity Building will enhance the understanding of practitioners and project implementers on INREM. It will include awareness raising, information dissemination, dialogue, trainings, seminars, and workshops.
Policy and Institutional Reforms program will enhance the understanding of policy makers and facilitate policy reforms on INREM.
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) program will develop tools to be used on all INREM programs implemented by the Center, to gauge the progress and effectiveness of INREM.