WASHINGTON— The Philippines' rapidly rising population has overwhelmed the fisheries that have traditionally supported the country, bringing grinding poverty and malnutrition to many coastal communities. But a new approach to conservation may save families along with the fish and their habitats, say Joan Castro and Leona D'Agnes in the latest Environmental Change and Security Program publication, "Fishing for Families."

On May 16th at noon at the Woodrow Wilson Center, D'Agnes will discuss the results of research conducted by the Integrated Population and Coastal Resource Management (IPOPCORM) project, which shows that integrating the delivery of family planning and environmental services improves reproductive health and coastal resource management more than programs that focus exclusively on reproductive health or the environment—and at a lower total cost.

In a recent podcast interview, IPOPCORM manager Joan Castro of PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc., said the time is right for promoting integrated approaches: "The beauty of integration is that you can bring the message home: Food security is a message close to the heart of the people. Family planning is a tool to address food security; management of coastal resources is a tool to ensure food security."

This meeting is the sixth event in ECSP's year-long meeting series "PHE: Building the Foundation for the Next 10 Years."

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What: Fishing for Families: Evidence From the Philippines on Integrating Population and Environment in Development Programs

Who: Leona D'Agnes, Technical Adviser, PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc.

When: Friday, May 16, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Lunch will be served)

Where: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 6th Floor Board Room
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Media planning to cover the event should contact Erin Mosely at erin.mosely@wilsoncenter.org or (202) 691-4266.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs.

Since 1994, the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program has explored the connections among environmental challenges and their links to conflict and security.