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Group photo of speakers and participants during the second year of the training-workshop on “Biodiversity Resource Assessment and Monitoring Methods” (Image Credit: FERD, DOST-PCAARRD)

DOST-PCAARRD kicks off year 2 of training on biodiversity assessment and monitoring

The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD), through the Forestry and Environment Research Division (FERD) and Institution Development Division (IDD), launched its second year of the training-workshop on “Biodiversity Resource Assessment and Monitoring Methods.”

In partnership with University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and its experts from the Institute of Biological Sciences (IBS), lectures and workshops on survey methods for various ecosystems, microbes, flora, and different fauna including birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and insects were prepared.

Tours to the UPLB Museum of Natural History and Makiling Botanical Garden were also arranged for the week. The training-workshop is being held today, November 20, 2023, until Friday, November 24, 2023.

With the facilitation of one of the country’s leading researchers in biodiversity, Dr. Inocencio E. Buot Jr., the training-workshop aims to impart basic concepts and methods on biodiversity assessment and monitoring. It also hopes to encourage participants to apply these in enriching research, development, and conservation of Philippine biodiversity.

Moreover, the workshop also intends to develop project proposals from participants which could potentially be considered for funding by the Council. Workshops for proposal writing will be held throughout the first four days. Outputs will then be presented on the last day.

Through a week of guidance from leading biology experts and researchers, the attending participants from all over the Philippines will be more equipped to navigate and cultivate the country’s biodiversity.