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De La Salle Philippines
Lasallian Institute For the Environment

1st BIODIVERSITY CONFERENCE
April 28-29, 2016

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The Lasallian Institute For the Environment (LIFE) conducted a 2-day training workshop at De La Salle University, Manila as part of the Biodiversity Program of De La Salle Philippines (DLSP). The event was attended by representatives from each of the La Salle schools nationwide wherein 14 out 16 schools participated. This workshop is to mainstream the La Salle School Gardens project for the schools to officially start their own biodiversity initiatives by showcasing various living collection of plants within their schools through establishing a scientific campus botanical garden.

Two resource speakers from De La Salle University – Biology Department were invited to conduct the training. Mr. Christian Supsup gave a talk about digital mapping and applications of Quantum Geographic Information System (QGIS) in biodiversity management that will be useful for the biodiversity champions in monitoring the trees planted in the One Million Trees & Beyond (OMTB) project.

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Training on establishing a school herbarium and seed bank was also offered in this event which was led by Dr. Esperanza Maribel Agoo who is currently managing the DLSU Herbarium & Seed Bank located at Science & Technology Research Center (STRC) in De La Salle University Taft campus. Previously housing only herbarium specimens, Dr. Agoo already started expanding the DLSU Herbarium into a Seed Bank through her initial seed collections in preparation for the central Seed Bank that will be featured in the La Salle Botanical Gardens (LSBG) project of DLSP-LIFE. Through the LSBG project, DLSP-LIFE is hopeful that these specimen and seeds will grow into national collections with the help of all La Salle schools nationwide, which is one of the goals of the La Salle School Gardens project. 

The output of the workshop is a project proposal of each school for submission to their respective Presidents for approval and implementation. Meanwhile at DLSP level, LIFE will continue to provide technical assistance and build their capacities in creating educational, scientific and sustainable botanical gardens.

 

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