UP Tacloban hosts Lambo Kalibungan: The 10th Annual International Conference on Environmental Science

UP Tacloban, through the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, hosted the 10th Annual Conference on Environmental Science (ACES 2022) on 26-27 May 2022 via Zoom with a distinguished lineup of speakers and more than 158 local and international participants from the Philippines, Hongkong, France, and Australia.
With the theme “Lambo Kalibungan: Anchoring Ecosystem Restoration to the Local Ecological, Cultural, and Socio-Economic Environments,” the conference focused on the 7th and 8th principles of the United Nations General Assembly resolution declaring 2021-2030 as the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which state that “ecosystem restoration is based on well-defined short-, medium- and long-term ecological, cultural and socio-economic objectives and goals” and “ecosystem restoration is tailored to the local ecological, cultural and socio- economic contexts, while considering the larger landscape or seascape.” ‘Lambo kalibungan’ is a phrase in Bisaya that means flourishing of the environment.
Jean-Philippe Salcedo, né Schwab, the UN Environment Programme’s Partnership Coordinator for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, delivered the keynote address entitled “Decade to launch a global #GenerationRestoration movement.” His talk highlighted the importance of coming together and taking action in scaling up ecosystem restoration efforts for the benefit of present and future generations.
There were five plenary sessions. Dr. Nathaniel C. Bantayan, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension of UP Los Baños (UPLB), and Dr. Dindo M. Campilan, Regional Director for Asia of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) were the speakers for session A on “Land use and forest ecosystem restoration in the context of sustainable human society.” National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Academician Dr. Jurgenne H. Primavera, NAST President Dr. Rhodora V. Azanza, and UP Marine Science Institute (MSI) retired professor Dr. Miguel D. Fortes were the speakers for session B on “Local perceptions and attitudes towards the blue carbon ecosystems: the key towards successful ecosystem restoration efforts.”
The speakers for session C on “Governance and social context for marine ecosystem restoration, drawing on cases from coral reef restoration and mangroves” were Prof. Dr. Michael Fabinyi of the School of Communication, University of Technology Sydney; NAST Academician and UP MSI professor Dr. Marie Antonette Juinio-Meñez; and Prof. Dr. Lawrence M. Liao of the Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life, School of Applied Biological Sciences, Hiroshima University. And for session D on “Policy and governance in relation to natural resources management, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable development” the speakers were Prof. Dr. Wolfram H. Dressler of the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences of the University of Melbourne, Prof. Dr. Rodelio F. Subade of the UP Visayas College of Arts and Sciences, and Asst. Prof. Jessica Dator-Bercilla of the UP Visayas Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies.
A special session on the state of environmental science in the Philippines and mainstreaming environmental science education and research was led by Professor Maria Victoria O. Espaldon of the UPLB School of Environmental Science and Dr. Ben S. Malayang III, Professor Emeritus at Silliman University.
The conference also included over 30 oral presentations, 23 poster presentations, and seven student speed talk presentations on blue carbon ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems, aquatic (fisheries) ecosystems, and environmental policy and governance.
The paper entitled “An investigation on the microplastic contamination of Oreochromis niloticus present in Laguna de Bay”, which was presented by Mr. Edmar John S. Caporal, Mr. Cris Lloyd E. Cawaling, Ms. Ariana Micaela M. de Guzman, Mr. Robert Timothy S. Reyes, Mr. Lester John T. Tambalo, and Ms. Zandra T. Salut from Our Lady of Fatima University, Quezon City Campus, won the Cherry Ringor Best Student Oral Presentation Award. Meanwhile, the poster presentation entitled “Comparison of the rate of photosynthesis (ET50 values) of Avicennia and Rhizophora using floating leaf discs assays” by Mr. Lenz Irvin Ayon, Ms. Paula Mikhaila P. Pabello, and Prof. Leni Yap-Dejeto from UP Visayas Tacloban College bagged the Charles Peyraube Award for Best Poster.
ACES 2022 was co-organized with the UP Los Baños School of Environmental Science and Management, Philippine Environmental Science Association, and student organization UP Envisage-The Environmental Science Society of UP Tacloban.