VOLUME 41 No. 2 (2019)

The Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) of the National academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST PHL) serves as a forum that convenes stakeholders from various sectors to discuss important and timely national issues and concerns towards formation of policy recommendations and actions.

For the 41st Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) held on July 10-11, 2019, the Academy adopted the theme: Caring for the Country’s Carrying Capacity, focusing on three SDGs, namely, Goal 4: quality education, Goal 12: responsible consumption and production, and Goal 4: life below water. Prior to the ASM, NAST PHL, in partnership with the DOST regional offices, conducted regional scientific meetings (RSMs) in Luzon (Alaminos, Pangasinan), Visayas (Tacloban City, Leyte) and Mindanao (Koronadal City, South Cotabato) on the same theme.

Carrying capacity, defined as the supply of biological products and services that can be provided by the natural environment so that renewable resources are not depleted faster than they can be regenerated and that the ecological systems remain viable, is implicit in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The 2019 ASM tackled three important topics related to carrying capacity: plastic wastes, sustainable marine food security, and sustainable education, talent development, and retention.

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