PSSN Confab Pushes Through

(Also published in Ti Similla, the official newsletter of the academic staff, UP Baguio, November 2010)

by Zenaida Baoanan
President (2009-2011)
Philippine Society for the Study of Nature
Associate Professor
University of the Philippines Baguio

This year’s PSSN convention was a historic one since we commemorated the tenth year of the Society and at the same time we joined in celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity. With the theme, “PSSN at 10: Harnessing S & T for Natural Resources Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation,” it was fitting to hold the convention in UP Baguio since the Society was established here in April 2000 in cooperation with the Department of Biology, College of Science. The occurrence of typhoons in the last quarter of the year is a clear indication of climate change and indeed, we were able to adapt to the aftermath of typhoon Juan by managing to have 157 participants from secondary and tertiary schools, including some representatives from government sectors. The keynote address of Dr. Lourdes Cruz was an eye-opener. She mentioned that  natural resources conservation and climate change adaptation are among the biggest challenges for the key players in science and technology. While scientists, legislators and conservationists have joined efforts in finding ways to mitigate biodiversity loss, the continuing unscrupulous utilization of nature and its amenities will always be a hindrance in attaining these goals. By instilling awareness in people about the impact of these actions, however, we can reduce biodiversity loss. (Read More)

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