Dr. Dennis P. Garrity is a systems agronomist and research leader whose career has focused on improving small-scale farming systems in the tropics. He has been serving as Drylands Ambassador for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, emphasizing the role of agroforestry, evergreen agriculture and landcare for sustainable land management. From 2001 to 2011, he was Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre. He is currently Chair of the Board of the Global EverGreening Alliance, a partnership of nearly all of the major development and conservation organizations around the world, working together to restore hundreds of millions of hectares of degraded land and enhance the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farm families in the tropics. He leads the development of the EverGreening the Earth Campaign — to be drawing down 20 billion tons of CO2 annually from the atmosphere by 2050. As Head of the Farming Systems Program at the International Rice Research Institute and as a Professor at the University of the Philippines during the 1980s, he advised 47 PhD and MSc students and post-doctoral fellows from Africa, Asia, Europe and the US. During the 1990s he was based in Indonesia where he launched and developed the Southeast Asia Regional Programme of ICRAF.

Affiliation/Institution: World Resources Institute; EverGreen Agriculture/World Agroforestry (ICRAF); READ MORE





Dr.  Rex Victor O. Cruz is a Professor 12 and Scientist III at the College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UP Los Baños.  He is a renowned expert in watershed management and in climate change mitigation and adaptation. His expertise and research interests include ecosystem and landscape planning and management upland development and integrated natural resources management. He is a staunch believer in preserving the biodiversity of watersheds and the prevention of further encroachment of destructive human activities. His expertise and contribution in these fields is evidenced by the close to 100 scholarly journal articles and technical papers he has published and in his involvement in various development projects.

He was a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former US Vice President Al Gore.  He served as a Principal Lead Author and Convening Lead Author of the Assessment of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Second, Third, and Fourth Assessment Reports.

Affiliation/Institution: College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna Philippines; Member, United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)



Dr. Wilfredo (“Al”) Licuanan is a Full Professor of the Biology Department and University Fellow of De La Salle University (DLSU). He is also a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the 2018 Environmental Science Award and the 2021 Outstanding Book Award of the National Academy of Science and Technology, the 2016 Commission on Higher Education Republica Award, and 2013, 2017, and 2020 St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle Pillar of Excellence Award.

Al Licuanan is the Director of the DLSU Br. Alfred Shields FSC Ocean Research (SHORE) Center.  Its Marine Station is where he conducts many research, educational, and extension activities about marine ecosystems and their interaction with coastal communities. He has been surveying and monitoring reefs for over thirty years. He has led research teams to many previously unstudied reefs from all around the country, including the Kalayaan Islands (where he discovered a coral species new to science), and the Pacific Ocean coasts from Luzon to Mindanao.  In 2017, he completed a DOST-PCAARRD funded project that undertook a nationwide reassessment of the status of reefs around the Philippines. His focus now is setting up a national reef monitoring system involving government and volunteer citizen-scientists.

Affiliation/Institution: De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines



Dr. Aga’s researches involve the development and applications of conventional and innovative analytical techniques to study the environmental fate and transport of emerging contaminants and endocrine-disrupting chemicals; treatment of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in wastewater; bioaccumulation of halogenated organic contaminants in fish and wildlife; target and non-target analysis of environmental contaminants; bioremediation of perfluoroalkyl substances; antibiotic resistance in the environment.

Some of the questions her researches intend to answer are: (1) how fast and by what means do these chemicals degrade?, (2) what are the major breakdown products of these compounds in the environment?, (3) how do environmental conditions affect the persistence and mobility of these contaminants? and (4) are these compounds of significant ecotoxicological concern?

Affiliation/Institution: Henry M. Woodburn Professor, Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo, New York, USA



  • Masters in Environment, Development, and Policy (2011), University of Sussex, England
  • Protected Area Superintendent, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park and World Heritage Site, 2001-present

Affiliation/Institution: Tubbataha Management Office, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park and World Heritage Site, Palawan, Philippines





Dr. Cora van Oosten

Dr. Cora van Oosten is project manager at Wageningen University and Research. She teaches students, trains professionals, carries out research and provides advice to policymakers and practitioners worldwide. Her focus is on landscape approaches and landscape governance, particularly in relation to restoration. Based on 30 years of practical experience, she considers governance to be key to successful landscape restoration, as it addresses the questions of who decides on what to restore, where, how and for whom. Cora also works at the Global Landscapes Forum, leading in the design and development of the Landscape Academy, which is  a  multi-partner initiative to promote Restoration Education for All.

Affiliation/Institution: Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands




Dr. Bart Reinholdt Johnson’s training in agronomy, landscape architecture, and ecology reflect his lifelong passion for integrating people and their use of the land with native ecosystems and evolutionary processes. His research is collaborative and interdisciplinary, with the goal of enhancing society’s capacity to adapt and innovate in the face of climate change and human development. He believes that solutions must be founded in deep knowledge of how earth’s ecosystems sustain the foundations of life and provide the keys to humanity’s resilience and ongoing quest for environmental justice and equity.

His current research focuses on the interactions and feedbacks among climate change, wildfire, urbanization, rural settlement, endangered ecosystems, and land management. The work integrates techniques and approaches from participatory planning, simulation modeling, manipulative experiments, prescribed fire, and historical vegetation reconstruction. The ecological context of these studies centers on Pacific Northwest oak savanna, upland prairie, and wetland prairie, all imperiled ecosystems.

Dr. Johnson is the UO and international steering committee chair for the Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub (, an international consortium of 18 universities led by the UO under the auspices of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).

Affiliation/Institution: Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA


Dr. Chihiro Yoshimura

Dr. Chihiro Yoshimura is an Associate Professor at the School of Environment and Society of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.  He leads a team developing novel water treatment systems based on the latest light source technology, light sensing, and high-performance photocatalysts and creating technologies for water environmental management and aquatic ecosystems.

Interests: Environmental photochemistry, water quality model, and green infrastructure

Affiliation/Institution: School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan





Osamu Saito is Principal Policy Researcher at Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). As an expert in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services, he has been working on the interlinkages between ecological, human, and social systems through sustainability science approaches. His research experiences include socio-ecological studies on the ecosystem services provided by traditional rural production landscapes (Satoyama) in Japan, other Asian countries, and Sub-Sahara Africa. He has been also actively promoting various activities for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as a lead author of both regional and global assessments. He has been a managing editor of the Sustainability Science journal (Impact Factor 2020: 6.367) published by Springer Nature since 2011. He is also Visiting Associate Professor, the University of Tokyo, and Visiting Professor at, University of the Philippines. He published more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 edited books including “Sharing Ecosystem Services: Building More Sustainable and Resilient Society” (Saito, 2020) and “Managing Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes for Sustainable Communities in Asia: Mapping and Navigating Stakeholders, Policy and Action (Saito et al. 2020).

Affiliation/Institution: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Yokohama, Japan




Revd. Prof Andrew G. Gosler FLS, FRSB

Revd. Prof Andrew G. Gosler has over 30 years experience of research and teaching in ecology, evolutionary biology and ornithology, his principal research is conservation and human relationships with birds.

His work in ornithology has fallen mainly within woodland bird ecology while supervising numerous students undertaking conservation-based projects. From 1981 to 2012 he worked with the Wytham Great Tit population. Principally through ringing, he collected data over a long period to study the finely tuned adaptations of birds. This research included a long-term study of bill size and body condition (including studies of fat and muscle that can be determined visually during normal ringing/banding operations), which started during his doctoral research in the early 1980s, and a long-term study of the functions of eggshell pigmentation.  He still runs an active bird ringing group in Oxford, but since 2013 shifted his focus largely to ethno-ornithology – the study of birds, and the study of human engagement with birds, especially within the broad context of nature conservation.

He also co-edited,  with Sonia Tidemann, the book Ethno-ornithology: Birds, Indigenous Peoples, Culture and Society, published in 2010. The book shows that within the broader context of ethnobiology, ethno-ornithology has hitherto largely concerned relatively localized anthropological studies of the ways in which indigenous people engage (or have engaged) with birds for food, companionship, art, and inspiration, in connection with spirituality, and as a significant element of folk-taxonomy and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and how these diverse relationships are expressed linguistically (

The Ethno-ornithology World Atlas (EWA) is his principal research project.


Professor of Ethno-ornithology
A joint position between the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology,
Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, and the School of Anthropology
and Museum Ethnography, Institute of Human Sciences, University of Oxford
(@agosler; @ewa_to_weet;; +44 1865 271158)

Fellow in Human Sciences, Mansfield College, University of Oxford
EWA Research Director, Ethno-ornithology World Atlas, a collaboration between the University of Oxford,
BirdLife International and Lynx Edicions ( @ewa_to_weet)
Assistant Curate in the Benefice of Marston with Elsfield. Church of England



A pioneer in ocean remote sensing in the Philippines, Dr. David is constantly tapped locally and internationally to assist in matters related to climate change vulnerability and adaptation. She is among the Outstanding Young Scientist awardees of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in 2007.  She was among the recipients of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service award in 2010 and a L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science National Fellow in 2011. Dr. David is also the Chair of the CHED Technical Committee on Marine Science, providing advice on the development of Marine Science programs in the country.  Dr. David is one of the leading oceanographers and multi-awarded female scientists in the country and is currently director of the UP Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI).

Affiliation/Institution: Professor & Director, Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines





DR. MACRINA ZAFARALLA is reviving degraded shallow streams and rivers by the technique called Aquatic Macrophyte Biosorption System (AMBS),  a very simple and doable technique that water plants could help by absorbing and adsorbing the pollutants dissolved in the water so fishes will thrive and multiply.

Affiliation/Institution:  Institute of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines