NEWS ~ DALUHAY is now more than half way through our first year with Dr Marivic Pajaro as Executive Director which was made formal, effective March 2017. The Annual Board-Staff meeting was truly awesome! We were able to make great progress towards setting the Daluhay compass for strategic development. That course of development includes all of the new areas of focus established with our incoming Board Members: Mother and Child wellness, Law in Development, integration of agricultural programs within the ridge to reef Biodiversity Conservation strategies, and supporting Indigenous Peoples in sustainable development. In particular this year we are developing extensive partnerships with Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations and their communities associated with biodiversity conservation linked to poverty mitigation and local capacity building. Considering our core are of expertise on marine and coastal development, our partnership with the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institution is being expanded through their Marine Environmental Research Foundation (MERF). Our focus for partnership with MERF is on the engagement of coastal fisherfolk for the development of the new Benham Rise territory. We are currently working on further socio-economic data-basing that can help to provide a framework for engagement of the fisherfolk on both harvest and sustainability efforts.

One of Daluhay’s areas of focus for the remainder of 2017 is to strengthen the administrative component of our organization. As we development more of a capacity building role for communities and organizations, there is a need to refine our internal knowledge management systems to maximize efficiency. Daluhay now needs to be able to demonstrate effectively, an approach to information and record management that other less-developed organizations can emulate. This involves not only financial records but other information as well, such as the many levels of registration in the Philippine governance systems. A related challenge for Daluhay is to develop a Communication Management Plan that provides others here in the Philippines and globally, with information on what and how our organization can share assets, resources and knowledge to create synergistic development opportunities. Daluhay’s activities continue to focus upon community resilience, environmental sustainability, food security, economic development and disaster risk mitigation. In fact, these areas are primarily what our organization is funded to do. However, to meet our goals and vision, there is a need for a broadly-based communication strategy that includes, but is not limited to; scientific publications, newsletters, information and education campaigns, outreach and of course – our website! In 2018, we hope to make our website both more functional and interactive. The challenge is that the development of a communication plan is not something we are funded for. The reason that we are able to move forward with such an action is, the fact that we have a really fantastic team of Board and Staff!


Watts, P., Koutouki, K., Booth, S., Blum, S., 2017. Inuit Food Security in Canada: Arctic Marine Ethnoecology. Food Security - SPRINGER


NEWS The Year Ahead and the Year Behind ~ DALUHAY is jumping into the future with plans to establish the position of Executive Director; to be filled by Dr Marivic Pajaro, formally effective in March 2017. To strengthen the activities and functions of the Board of Directors (BOD), the goal is to create a position that is clearly responsible for the day-to-day functions of the Philippine system and good governance. Parallel to these efforts to solidify and streamline the organisation’s administrative functions, the BOD will be expanded and given more of a focus on strategic path development. Areas of new Board member focus will include Mother and Child wellness, Law in Development, integration of agricultural programs within the ridge to reef Biodiversity Conservation strategies, and supporting Indigenous Peoples in sustainable development. The planning for this change in Board function was initiated at the 2016 BOD annual meeting and has been given to the President, Dr Paul Watts to accomplish through BOD member recruitment, policy development and a working paper on both Board functions and the relationship of the BOD to staff. Somewhat uniquely, the approach involves several levels of strategic planning and a system of quarterly engagement/coordination between the BOD and staff.

Looking back at 2016, the year saw DALUHAY move to a higher level in terms of local partnerships, as we initiated formal capacity development with a large cadre of Peoples’ Organisations (POs). These activities have previously been an underpinning of our efforts on community resilience, environmental sustainability, food security, economic development and disaster risk mitigation. The change that occurred in 2016, is that DALUHAY moved to help establish more of a sense of program for our partners, rather than just a progression of externally driven projects. Although participation has always been part of the DALUHAY approach, now the goal is to support more strongly, the idea of communities working towards both creating and actualizing their own image of the future for their development process. DALUHAY perceives development process as something that needs to engage POs, academe, local government and non-government organisations (NGOs) in a collaborative participatory strategy. In our NGO role, we need to communicate with jurisdictions about good governance strategies, reach out to coordinate with other NGOs, establish academic credibility and, develop local PO relationships. One important way to engage academe is through publications in peer review journals. Below is a list of our recent publications. Note that three of these papers are actually based in the Canadian Arctic and a connected drainage basin. Although DALUHAY is only structured financially through the Philippines, Paul Watts and others continue to develop parallel initiatives internationally – focused on Our Common Future – globally. Interestingly, the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic and the cultures of the Philippines have a similar level of dependence upon marine resources. Perhaps linkages can help to develop a stronger voice for climate change mitigation and even transferability of best practices.


Watts, P., Koutouki, K., Booth, S., Blum, S., In Press. Inuit Food Security in Canada: Arctic Marine Ethnoecology. Food Security

Ayala, J., Bautista, P., Pajaro, M., Raquino, M., Watts, P., 2016 Philippine Coastal Resource Management: Cultural Ecology, Subsidiarity and Education – A Pilot Study. (UNESCO) International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning. DOI 10.1007/s11159-016-9546-9

Raquino, M., Pajaro, M. & Watts, P., 2015. Marine Biodiversity Integration for Philippine Local Development Plans. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal 26(2) 159-171. DOI 10.1108/MEQ-09-2013-0097

Koutouki, K., Watts, P., & Booth, S., 2015. The Canadian Arctic Marine Ecological Footprint and Free Prior Informed Consent: Making the Case for Indigenous Public Participation through Inclusive Education. Review of European, Community and International Environmental Law 24 (2) 160-170. DOI: 10.1111/reel.12119

Watts, P., Custer, B., Yi, Z., Ontiri, E., & Pajaro, M., 2015. A Yin-Yang approach to education policy regarding health and the environment: early-careerists’ image of the future and priority programmes. (United Nations) Natural Resources Forum 39: 202-213. DOI: 10.1111/1477-8947.12083

Ulrich, A.E., Malley, D.F, & Watts, P.D., 2015. Lake Winnipeg Basin: Advocacy, challenges and progress for sustainable phosphorus and eutrophication control. Science of the Total Environment 542: 1030-1039. DOI:10.1016/j.scietotenv.2015.09.106