CLEAR Youth Network Events
18 May 2005 01 October 2005
03 June 2006 14-15 July 2007
26-27 July 2008 25-26 July 2009
31 July-01 August 2010 13 -14 August 2011
06-07 October 2012 14-15 December 2013
11-12 October 2014 05-06 December 2015
10-11 December 2016  

      During the 10th Living Lakes Conference in Tagaytay City in 18 May 2005, a forum for the youth was held as a parallel session with the conference workshops.  This was attended by the groups from -

  • Tanay, Rizal (Kilos Kabataan Para sa Lawa, 2003); 
  • Los Baños, Laguna (Kilos Kabataan Para sa Lawa, 2004 / Youth Circle);  
  • SACRED (Young Environmental Stewards); 
  • Lumban, Laguna (Lumban Youth Group); and 
  • Quezon City (Association of Architecture Students -UP Diliman chapter).

The groups were able to consolidate their ideas and initiatives for the conservation of Laguna de Bay and its environ.

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      Since then, the youth that were involved in the activities of CLEAR gathered every year to report on their accomplishments and plan activities for the ensuing year.  The annual CLEAR Youth Network Congress became a venue for the exchange of ideas, information practices and activities on lake conservation; and venue for providing continuing learning experiences for the youth so that they are capacitated to implement wetland conservation activities efficiently and effectively.

CLEAR Youth Network Forum
01 October 2005
Gazebo of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center
Quezon / North Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City

As a follow through, the SCPW spearheaded the holding of the CLEAR Youth Network Forum on 01 October 2005.  It was organized to strengthen the commitment of the youth and to plan the next steps for the network.

Five youth groups came together as a network to push for a common agenda, the conservation of Laguna de Bay and its environment.

- Kilos Kabataan Para sa Lawa 2003  from Tanay, Rizal
- Kilos Kabataan Para sa Lawa 2004 / Youth Circle from Los Baños, Laguna
- Young Environmental Stewards of SACRED
- Lumban Youth Group from Lumban, Laguna
- Association of Architecture Students of the Philippines (ASAPHIL), UP-Diliman Chapter

The guidelines of the CLEAR Youth Network, the crafting of which was the main agenda of the Forum, was formulated by the participants.  The objectives, projects and activities, and the participation and involvement of the various groups to the network were discussed through a planning workshop, plenary discussions and group dynamics.

The event was supported by Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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1st CLEAR Youth Network Congress
03 June 2006
University of Rizal System
Tanay, Rizal, Philippines
The CLEAR Youth Network Congress was held on 03 June 2006 at the University of Rizal System campus in Tanay, coinciding with the celebration of the UN World Environment Day and the Philippine Environment Month.  The CLEAR Ecological Camp graduates from Tanay, Los Baños, Muntinlupa and Lumban gathered again to further strengthen the youth partnership and plan common activities towards lake conservation. The workshop was followed by a seed collection activity at the URS campus, an activity that was initiated by the local government of Tanay.

The event was supported by the Tanay Environment Foundation, CBK Power Company, Ltd., University of Rizal System and the Municipal Government of Tanay.

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2nd CLEAR Youth Network Congress
14 - 15 July 2007
Punta Verde Resort and Convention Center
Pansol, Calamba, Laguna, Philippines
The CLEAR Eco-camping graduates from the municipalities of Tanay, Los Baños, Lumban and cities of Muntinlupa and San Pablo gathered again in July 2007 at the 2nd CLEAR Youth Network Congress.  The event aimed to further explore ideas, exchange information, and strengthen mutual support among the groups in terms of their lake conservation activities.  Its theme was Wetlands and Climate Change, serving it as the venue in enhancing the awareness of the participants on the intertwined issues of climate change and wetlands.

The event was supported by the Municipal Government of Tanay, CBK Power Company, Ltd., Friends of Seven Lakes Foundation, Municipal Government of Lumban, University of the Philippines - Los Baños and various youth organizations of the participants.

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3rd CLEAR Youth Network Congress
26 - 27 July 2008
Camp Allen Development and Training Center
Santa Cruz, Laguna, Philippines

The third annual gathering of Eco-Camp graduates was held on 26 & 27 July 2008.  The 3rd CLEAR Youth Network Congress served as a venue not just for reporting accomplishments and planning of coming activities – more importantly, it served as a platform for learning so that the youth network are continuously  equipped with new knowledge and practice in lake conservation. 

In line with the Living Lakes 10th year Anniversary theme, this year’s theme for the Youth Congress was “Wetlands and Culture”.  This year's theme pays tribute to humanity and its long time relationship with wetland ecosystems.  To illustrate this relationship and communicate its importance, the Congress revolves around the following sub-themes:

  the history of wetlands and people
  wetlands as an early source of food and raw materials
  working in wetlands - the tools of the trade
  cultural heritage - a management challenge
  wetlands - a cultural landscape
  wetlands - a cultural landscape for learning and leisure
  wetlands and spiritual life
  wetlands - an inspiration in art, music, literature and folklore

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4th CLEAR Youth Network Congress
25 - 26 July 2009
The Sierra Madre Resort
Tanay, Rizal, Philippines

With the theme "Post -Consumer Waste Management", the 4th CLEAR Youth Network Congress had a learning session on best practices in post-consumer waste management, and tapped the creativity of the youth in conceptualizing a simple but easily implementable scheme of post-consumer waste recovery in their respective school or community.  Barangay Chairman Raulito Datiles of Barangay Bagumbuhay, the main resource person, shared his experience on how they successfully reduced the volume of the barangay's residual wastes.  The Congress also made a visit to the nearby municipality of Morong which has a successful post-consumer waste processing facility.

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5th CLEAR Youth Network Congress
31 July - 01 August 2010
University of the Philippines Campus
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

The 5th CLEAR Youth Network Congress was held on 31 July - 01 August 2010.   As part of the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity, the theme Wetlands and Biodiversity focused on enhancing the awareness of the youth on the value of biological diversity and its significance in their daily lives.  The participants had an exposure trip to the Makiling Botanic Gardens. 

The Congress, which was attended by 70 students from lakeshore communities of Laguna de Bay, was held at the Auditorium of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Campus, Los Baños, Laguna.

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6th CLEAR Youth Network Congress
13 - 14 August 2011
Vincentian Hills Seminary and Retreat House
Angono, Rizal, Philippines
The year of 2011 was declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations to bolster efforts to promote sustainable management, conservation and development of forests worldwide.  In line with this, World Wetlands Day was celebrated this year with the theme Forests for Water and Wetlands.  The  6th CLEAR Youth Network Congress has chosen the same theme which focused on the connection between forests and wetlands and the role of forests to our wetlands. 

The Congress, which was attended by 80 youth from lakeshore communities of Laguna de Bay,  was held on 13-14 of August 2011 at the Vincentian Hills Seminary and Retreat House in Angono, Rizal.  The participants had an exposure trip to the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs. 

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7th CLEAR Youth Network Congress
06 -07 October 2012
Rizal Re-Creation Center
Rizal, Laguna, Philippines

This year's theme for the 7th CLEAR Youth Network Congress was "Laguna de Bay: Home and Destination", focusing on the value of Laguna de Bay and the lake region as both home to many people and at the same time, an important tourism destination.  "Laguna de Bay as Tourism Destination", the main topic for the learning event, was discussed by Ms. Cecil Aranton of the Department of Tourism. To inspire the youth to sustain their efforts in wetland conservation, Mr. Jimbo Mallari of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission presented to the group the efforts of the government, particularly the PRRC, in rehabilitating the esteros of metropolitan Manila.  The participants had an exposure trip to the Lake Pandin in San Pablo City. 

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8th CLEAR Youth Network Congress
14 - 15 December 2013
Gabrielle / D'Hidden Resort
Pangil, Laguna, Philippines

The theme of the 8th CLEAR Youth Network Congress was "The Youth as Water Managers", focusing on this year's World Wetlands Day theme "Wetlands and Water Management".  They key objective of this year's Congress is to raise the awareness of the Youth, particularly the CLEAR Youth Network members and their affiliates about the interdependence of water and wetlands and how they may contribute to the wise use of wetlands.  Some of the topics discussed in the learning sessions were "Water and Energy Generation", "Water for Agriculture/Aquaculture", and "How Water is Processed and Brought to your Home".  The group visited the tourism destination of the host municipality, the Panguil River Eco-Park.

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9th CLEAR Youth Network Congress
11 - 12 October 2014
Sierra Madre Resort
Tanay, Rizal, Philippines

This year's theme was "Disaster Risk Reduction through Solid Waste Management and Wetlands Conservation".  They key objective of this year's Congress is to raise the awareness of the Youth, particularly the CLEAR Youth Network members and their affiliates about how the wetlands conservation and solid waste management are directly linked to climate change and disaster risk, and learn about simple strategies on wetlands conservation and solid waste management practices , its significance and its relationn to climate change and disaster risk.  At the learning sessions, resource persons were invited to discussed various topics such as "Wetlands and Climate Change", " Disaster Risk Reduction and Management", and "Ecological Waste in Local Communities".

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10 th CLEAR Youth Network Congress
05 - 06 December 2015
Sierra Madre Resort
Tanay, Rizal, Philippines
This year's Congress was composed of seventeen CYN groups from cities/municipalities around Laguna de Bay: Tanay, Los Baños, Muntinlupa, Lumban, Pangil, San Pablo, Siniloan, Taguig, Pateros, Angono, Binangonan, San Pedro, Sta. Rosa, Mabitac, Rizal, Pila, and Morong. This year’s theme was “The Youth as Champions of Wetlands”. It highlighted activities implemented by the Youth over the past 10 years since the CLEAR Youth Eco-Camp started to appreciate how these experiences have influenced the mindsets of the young in their homes, schools and work environment. The Role of Youth in Wetland Conservation was being discussed by Ms. Joy Navarro of the Biodiversity Management Bureau, and various wetland conservation projects were shared by young speakers.

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11th CLEAR Youth Network Congress
10-11 December 2016
Sierra Madre Resort
Tanay, Rizal, Philippines

The 11th CLEAR Youth Network Congress focused on the theme "Clean Rivers for Healthy and Safe Communities". It endeavored to strengthen its capacity in protecting priority rivers or river systems in the Laguna de Bay Region by coming up with a river conservation program that complements similar existing initiatives in the area.

This was participated by youth from the cities and municipalities of Laguna and Rizal: Binangonan, Calauan, Los Banos, Lumban, Mabitac, Muntinlupa, Pangil/Siniloan, Pateros, Pila, Rizal, San Pablo, San Pedro, Santa Rosa, Taguig and Tanay.

Resource speakers from various agencies talked on the "Major River Ecosystems in the Laguna de Bay Region: Status and Conservation Efforts" (Ms. Reena Buena of Laguna Lake Development Authority), on the "Initiatives of the Federation of River Basin Concils" (Ms. Lina Tanjuatco of the Federation of River Basin Councils), and on "Opportunities for the Youth to get involved in river conservation and management activities" (Ms. Donna Gordove of River Basin Control Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources). Guests from River Thames of United Kingdom (Ms. Amy Pryor of Thames Estuary Partnership and Mr. Chris Coode) also shared their experiences in mobilizing communities for river conservation activities.

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