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Press launch of the Museum of Philippine Biodiversity and “Ugnayan”

The Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in partnership with the University of the Philippines (UP) and through the initiative of Senator Loren B. Legarda, marked this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity with the launching of two projects, the Museum of Philippine Biodiversity and Junyee’s installation art “Ugnayan”, at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) in Diliman, Quezon City on May 22.
Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO
According to project team leader Dr. Perry S. Ong of the UP College of Science, the museum to be built inside the BMB-NAPWC’s Salakot …

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UP maps out green goals

President Alfredo Pascual reiterates his vision of a great university whose operational excellence is marked by environmental protection, sustainability and resilience; and whose public service includes contributing to the same objectives for the rest of the country. Photo by Jun Madrid.
To extend and concretize the Green UP vision, the UP System held the “Green UP Summit: Catalyzing Climate Change Resilience and Environmental Sustainability in 2017 and Beyond” on December 6 and 7, 2016 at the University Hotel, UP Diliman.
Held for the first time since President Alfredo Pascual expounded in his vision statement on Green UP as a subtheme of operational …

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UP biodiversity research team launches book on Luzon mammals

Dr. Lawrence Heaney. Photo by Bong Arboleda.
“It is not Brazil, nor Madagascar, not even the Galápagos Islands that has the most stunning, gorgeous, and extraordinary mammals I have ever come to know of, but in the islands of Luzon in the Philippines,” said Dr. Lawrence Heaney, adjunct professor at the UP Institute of Biology and senior author of the book, “The Mammals of Luzon Island: A Biogeographic Perspective in Evolution, Ecology and Conservation.”
On August 10, biodiversity research leaders and authors Dr. Lawrence Heaney, Danilo Balete and Eric Rickart launched the book at the UP Biology auditorium. “The book was published …

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PH and US researchers: Luzon hosts highest concentration of unique mammals

Two UP Biology researchers were part of the US–Philippine team which undertook the 15 year study that showed 93% of Luzon Island’s land mammals are found nowhere else
Figure 1. Map of Luzon and adjacent islands, showing the locations of mountain ranges and mountains referred to in the text, and the locations of our intensive study areas (Source: “Mammals of Luzon Island” by Heaney et al 2016.
Based on their 15-year study published in the scientific journal Frontiers of Biogeography, a team of American and Filipino researchers concluded that Luzon Island, Philippines, has the greatest concentration of unique mammals in the world.
“At …

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UP celebrates Earth Day 2016 with Tree Nurturing activity

UP President Alfredo Pascual, assisted by Holcim Philippines Country Chief Executive Officer Eduardo Sahagun, plants a seedling. Photo by Jun Madrid.
As part of the Earth Day 2016 celebrations, the UP BIOLOGY (Biodiversity Research Laboratory) organized a Tree Nurturing activity at the UP BIOLOGY-EDC BINHI Threatened Species Arboretum in UP Diliman today, April 22. Leading the activity were UP President Alfredo Pascual, Holcim Philippines Country Chief Executive Officer Eduardo Sahagun, National Scientist Lourdes Cruz, Philippine Eagle Foundation Executive Director Dennis Salvador, UP Biology Director Ernelea Cao, and UP Biology Professor Perry Ong. They planted seedlings of ten threatened tree species which …

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Pinoy scientists plot the country’s aquatic riches

Despite its abundant underwater natural resources, the Philippines has found it next to impossible to implement protective measures because there has never been a comprehensive collection of information—until now.
The Philippine Marine Protected Area (MPA) Database, the largest and most comprehensive database on Philippine MPAs to date, was formally launched last September 8, 2014. The database provides easy access to basic information such as MPA size, location, and management effectiveness, as well as current and historical monitoring data for the country’s 1,815 MPAs (as of September 8).
The map will enable policymakers, resource managers, and local communities to make sound decisions regarding …

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Indigenous Community Conserved Areas and the Manila Declaration on ICCAs

Sagada’s Mountain ridges serve as places of soul-calling expedition during Begnas. Photo: H. Padchao
In recent years, indigenous people’s organizations, principally members of the Koalisyon ng mga Katutubo at Samahan ng Pilipinas/National Coalition of Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines (KASAPI, Inc.), have held regional, national and even international engagements on indigenous community-conserved areas (ICCAs).
ICCAs are areas within ancestral domains including lakes, coastal seas, forests and watersheds imbued with deep spiritual and cultural values for indigenous peoples. ICCA is generic. But under local terms, ICCAs have specific names that indigenous peoples identify them with, including the deepest part of a river, shoreline …

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In Search of Common Ground: Indigenous Education and Western Academics for Biodiversity Conservation

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In a rapidly changing world driven by technology, mass media and the effects of climate change, knowledge of biodiversity conservation has become an absolute necessity. And in their eagerness to be able to discover as well as implement various techniques in adapting to the environment, research institutions as well as academia have become more receptive to such alternative sources of expertise as the indigenous communities.
In an interview with the UP Forum, San Francisco State University Professor and Cultural Conservancy President Dr. Melissa Nelson said that in recent years indigenous knowledge has become more attractive for some members of …

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World renowned conservation biologist Prof Eberhard Curio teaches in UP

Prof. Curio.Photo from http://www.panaycon.org/
Prof. Eberhard Curio, from Ruhr University Bochum (retired), and well known for his work on preserving endangered species,  is now a visiting professor at the Institute of Environment Sciences and Metereology, College of Science,  in UP Diliman.
Prof. Curio has done extensive scientific research on endangered specieis such as the hornbill Visayan writhed-billed hornbill (Aceros waldeni; local names: dulungan, kalaw) in the deep mountains of Sibaliw, Northern Panay where he spent more than 20 years doing research. He is also instrumental in discovering new species of flora and fauna such as freshwater and arboreal crabs; and a rainforest …

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UP offers rare course with world renowned conservation biologist

World-renowned conservation biologist Prof. Eberhard Curio, from Ruhr University Bochum will teach a course with the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, College of Science (IESM-CS) in UP Diliman where he is now a visiting professor.
The course is open to both credit students and non-credit participants who wish to develop and strengthen competencies on conservation biology and behavioural ecology.
Prof. Curio will teach Envsci297, Special Topics with Module A focusing on behavioural ecology, from 12 to 23 May 2014, with lectures and workshops at the UP IESM – CS.
The following topics are covered:
Principles of population ecology
Principles of behavioral ecology
Optimal foraging theory
Parental …

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