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WWF and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences seek to empower stakeholders around the world to develop and effectively use credible, locally owned report cards in their basins, fostering sustainable water management across basins around the world. We are developing, packaging, and sharing a process that helps stakeholders create science-based report cards in their own basins with the right buy-in on-the-ground and credibility globally, so they can better manage resources for the protection of fresh water they depend upon.
IAN is involved in the development of the first Ecosystem Health Report Card for Laguna de Bay, the largest freshwater lake in the Philippines. This project is jointly implemented by the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia Resource Facility (PRF) and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), under the UNEP/GEF Project on Global Foundations for Reducing Nutrient Enrichment and Oxygen Depletion from Land-based Pollution in Support of Global Nutrient Cycle. IAN staff attended and facilitated two workshops in December 2013 and June 2015, in which initial phases of report card development were discussed. The report card is expected to be released in conjunction with the LLDA's 46th Anniversary on October 2015. The report card will be designed to provide inputs for the better management of Laguna de Bay, particularly in the formulation of nutrient reduction strategies. Key partners include the LLDA Technical Working group and the external experts from the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI), University of the Philippines-Los Bańos (UPLB), University of Santo Tomas (UST), and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
This report card was produced in December 2015 by The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and represents a joint effort of graduate students and faculty in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences program at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg and the Integration and Application Network. The report card provides an assessment of stream health in the Upper Potomac Headwaters region upstream of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.