CSU boosts biodiversity advocacies; plans for Biome int’l conference arise

After three consecutive years of conducting BIOME (Biodiversity Meeting) in the province, the institution plans to make it an international conference amidst the hope of a possible venue outside Catanduanes.

BIOME is an annual scientific gathering of biodiversity researchers, teachers, and practitioners. In Biology, biomes are climatically and geographically defined as similar climatic conditions on earth and are often referred to as ecosystems.

The Philippine National Biodiversity Meeting (BIOME) is the first national event organized by the Catanduanes State University, mainly by the College of Arts and Sciences, in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Catanduanes. It is usually held during the Catandungan Festival.

It was first organized last October 21-22, 2010 (BIOME1) by the CSU and the Pacific Island for Pedagogy, Technology, Arts and Sciences (PACIFICTECH)/Hechanova & Co.

Dr. Jimmy T. Masagca, a faculty member of College of Arts and Sciences-Natural Science Department and a constituent of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN 1988), explained the significance of BIOME to Catandunganons in the realization of the function of scientific thinking.

“BIOME is an avenue for science development to also happen in ‘villages’ like Catanduanes. [One of the purposes of BIOME is] to integrate intellectual activity in Catandungan Festival. While we enjoy the Miss Catandungan and other socio-cultural activities, we can also make the people enrich their minds,” added Masagca.

Dr. Aurora E. Araojo, Dean of College of Arts and Science, and the BIOME3 Organizing Committee Chair, said that BIOME3 intends to initiate a culture and tradition of providing a venue for researchers, teachers and practitioners to present their studies, innovations and experiences.

She added that BIOME3 is also an opportunity to share their knowledge, exchange ideas and collaborate on projects to further strengthen the fields of biodiversity, climate change, science education, educational technology, and sustainable development.

Crisanta P. Benitez

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