Only a month after the conference on biosphere and sustainability, our co-president and scientific officer, Agathe, is flying to Visayas State University for the Philippines Biodiversity Symposium. The symposium is organized by the Biodiversity Conservation Society of the Philippines (BCSP) on the island of Leyte, in the Eastern Visayas archipelago. So it will also be the opportunity to discover a new part of the Philippines.
The symposium takes place over four full days: conferences, workshops, and activities are planned daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. It gives Agathe the chance to meet many conservation stakeholders in the Philippines, from IUCN and TRAFFIC, to smaller organizations such as Talarak Foundation or university professors and researchers. There is no time to take a break, especially as Agathe is giving a presentation of the association’s work during one of the conference sessions.
Thursday is dedicated to a visit of the peatlands of Leyte, a fragile ecosystem for which many local stakeholders took action by setting up a conservation and sustainable development plan. Although it is the rainy season in the Philippines, the tour takes place under the bright sunshine and allows us to have a chat with experts in the field.
The week ends with a workshop on the theme of Key Areas for Biodiversity and it is as a new member of the BCSP, with a mind full of new ideas, that our scientific officer packs to return to Puerto Princesa.
We would like to thank the BSCP and VSU for their warm welcome, for organizing the 28th Philippines Biodiversity Symposium and for allowing us to present our work in Palawan.