giz annual biodiv symposium paradeOpening parade of the 25th Philippine Biodiversity SymposiumCalapan City, Oriental Mindoro - The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the Coastal and Marine Division of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB-CMD), joined forces to facilitate the conduct of the 25th Annual Biodiversity Symposium on April 5-8, 2016. New findings and best practices in conserving Philippine biodiversity were unveiled before at least 250 local and international conservationists, scientists, and researchers – considered the largest gathering of such kind in the country.

During the event, the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Eco-region (GIZ-SSME) project proposed course of action to conserve sea turtles. It stressed the need for climate change adaptation measures in the Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary, the 11th top-nesting site of green sea turtles in the world. It also proposed the formation of a Sea Turtle Marine Protected Area Network consisting of the El Nido-Taytay Resources-Managed Protected Area, the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park, and the Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary to conserve the critically endangered migratory sea turtles in such areas. The project held an institutional fair at Xentro Mall in this city to educate the public about the endangered sea turtles and the proposed network.

The Protected Areas Management Enhancement (GIZ-PAME) project meanwhile, reported on the Rapid Source Assessment and Monitoring of the Enchanted River located in Hinatauan, Surigao del Sur, a PAME project site. The Filipino Cave Divers and the University of San Carlos in Bacolod City, a PAME partner, conducted this underwater cave assessment in 2015. #


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