PH to host international conference on coral reef protection
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that in partnership with the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI), it is hosting a five-day international conference dedicated to coral reef protection.
To be specific, the 4th Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium (APCRS) will be held from June 4 to 8 at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel in Cebu City.
It is co-hosted by the Philippine Association of Marine Science, UP-Cebu, University of San Carlos, and UP-Mindanao.
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the symposium comes at an opportune time as the world celebrates 2018 as the International Year of the Reef.
Cimatu said the APCRS event could “greatly contribute to better understand and appreciate science behind coral reef conservation.”
“More importantly, it can help us develop scientifically-grounded policies and programs that can address the challenges we are currently facing in terms of sustainably managing our coastal and marine resources,” he added.
For his part, Porfirio Aliño of the UP-MSI said the country’s hosting of the coral reef conference will highlight the importance of science and technology in conservation and good governance considering that the Philippines is the “center of the center of marine biodiversity” in the world and one of the leading scientific bastions in the Coral Triangle.