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CDD prepares for conduct of assessing and monitoring urban biodiversity for Metro Manila
January 23, 2017
In preparation for its planned conduct of assessing the biodiversity status of Metro Manila, the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) of DENR-NCR gathered together academics and field experts in a three-day training cum lecture-discussion on urban biodiversity index.
Held at the Hive Hotel in Quezon City from January 23-25, 2017, the activity featured lectures by environmental planners, biodiversity experts and specialists aimed at guiding the CDD in developing tools for assessing and monitoring urban biodiversity.
Dr. Leonora Gonzales led the team of lecturers from the University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP-SURP). Her team included Dr. Angelica Francisco (Environmental Planner) and Arch. Nick Espina. Also sharing their thoughts and expertise on the subject are Dr. Jacinto “Gabby” Lopez of the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), Dr. Joe Sargento of the University of the Philippines in Los Baños (UPLB), Dr. Arvin C. Diesmos of the National Museum, and Ms. Amy M. Lecciones of the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands (SCPW). Attending the activity are field workers of the various section of CDD and other divisions of DENR-NCR.
Regional Director Lourdes C. Wagan hailed the activity as groundbreaking as it was the first time the regional office organized a gathering of this nature. She said that the training would pave the way for further studies on biodiversity and equip DENR-NCR personnel with the knowledge and tools to do actual field research and contribute to understanding our urban ecosystem. She is also hopeful that the activity would foster closer coordination and complementation between the academe and the government.