Fifty youth leaders from Misamis Oriental and its neighboring provinces and cities will join this year’s Environmental Youth Camp on 14-15 April 2010 at the Mapawa Nature Park in Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City.

The two-day activity aims to promote environmental conservation awareness especially among the youth. Topics on climate change, waste management, and forest conservation and development are among the topics that will be discussed during the camp. Participants are also expected to draw specific plans of action that will operationalize their individual and collective commitments in saving planet earth from further environmental degradation.

DENR-EMB Regional Director Sabdullah Abubacar reported that through the years, the Mapawa Environmental Youth Camp had already trained hundreds of youth advocates from different provinces and cities in Northern Mindanao.

“We see the Mapawa Youth Camp as one of the most effective ways in building leaders who can champion the cause of environmental conservation,” Director Abubacar said.

He also cited corporate partners like STEAG State Power Inc. for partnering with them in this annual activity. “For over six years now, Steag has consistently provided material and technical support in making this youth camp possible,” Abubacar added.

He also explained that the annual youth gathering is held in Mapawa to showcase an existing 1,200 hectare Carbon Sink project which Steag has pioneered in Mindanao.

Implemented in partnership with government and private entities, the project covers timber stand improvement on an existing 500 hectare forest plantation, development of a 500 hectare open land into forestry, and protection of an existing 200 hectare natural forest. (STEAG State Power)

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