Felino F. Lansigan, professor of the University of the Philippines Los Baños Institute of Statistics won this year’s Hugh Greenwood Environmental Science Award given by the Department of Science and Technology’s National Academy of Science and Technology. Lansigan was cited for his contribution to the knowledge on statistical hydrology and water resources, and his work related accomplishments at the Bangkok-based International Water Management Greenwood Institute - Southeast Asia Regional Office.
UPLB Prof. Felino Lansigan, 2009 NAST-Hugh Greenwood awardee (inset), receives $1,000 and a plaque from National Academy of Science and Technology President Emil Q. Javier. Others in photo are (from left) NAST Academician Angel Alcala (chair, Board of Judges), Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Teresita Castillo, and Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary for S&T Services Fortunato T. dela Peña [Photos by Gerry Palad, S&T Media Service]
Lansigan underscored the need for urgent response to climate change in a presentation during the awarding program April 23 at Traders Hotel in Manila. It is not just an environmental and developmental issue, he said, but also a moral concern.
To achieve a unified, effective, and efficient action on climate change, Lansigan called for strong collaboration and networking among governments, public, academe and research communities, non-profits, and private sector, among others.
Lansigan is also an affiliate professor of UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management, and fellow of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Agriculture based in Los Baños. Among numerous awards he received are the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award for 2009 for scientific contributions to global environmental change research.
The Greenwood Award system honors outstanding scientific research works that contribute to environmental protection and conservation.