Day 3 – High School Scientific Paper Presentations
One of the gimmicks of WCSP staff to encourage people to come on time is to hold a raffle 10 minutes before the start of each day.
The items for raffle are more often than not highly desirable items (for conservationists at least)- textbooks, calendars, posters and the like.
Day 3 opens with a plenary talk from Dr. Mark Infield, Director of Cultural Values and Conservation of the Fauna and Flora International.
We thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Mark’s talk. He used a combination of witty lines and clever graphics. What follows are my personal favorites.
This slide nicely capsulizes Dr. Mark’s message. That the value of biodiversity is often cultural and hence very difficult to quantify, to study, to put a price tag on. A mountain, for example, may be viewed at 3 levels: economically (mineral resources), ecologically (biodiversity), and culturally (sacredness). Which one should be given the most importance?
The next plenary talk is by Dr. Merlijn van Weerd of the Mabuwaya Foundation.
This slide contains Dr. Merlijn’s message. That traditional cultural beliefs often have biodiversity conservation to heart and that it is only when we lose sight of such cultural values that we begin to destroy our heritage, our environment, and ultimately ourselves.
Datu Benny Cumatang (son of Datu Amay who gave an inspirational talk yesteday) was the last plenary speaker. Datu Benny shared his experiences regarding tradtional forest management systems. According to Datu Benny, our tribal elders hold the key to the future of our Philippine forests.
An open forum followed the plenary talks. Here, a participant makes a point with a rather large pencil.
Yours truly asking Dr. Merlijn’s advice on TRCP’s plans to reintroduce native freshwater turtles in the watershed.
2 minutes before the first presentation by Juan Angelo Frejas. Sir Romar is ready to video each presentation.
Wide smiles and relaxed faces- all signs that the ordeal is over, the course run, the challenge overcome. At 3:14pm, all of our HEDCen High School graduates have presented their papers.
Dr. Nina Ingle, WCSP President, congratulates our high school students.
Dr. Ingle signing Nicole’s program. Dr. Ingle sought out Nicole to make her comments on the bat research that we do at the Tungtong River.
Our students delivered excellent reports and the convention as a whole was deeply impressed. Here, Dr. Merlijn signs our program booklet. He even took the time to congratulate Bea during her talk’s open forum session.
Celebration dinner at Chowking in Valencia.
Grocery shopping after dinner.
Contented and relaxed, our group heads back to our dorm for a well-deserved good night’s sleep.
The TRCP 2011 logo first appeared on the 2011 Earth Fund Run shirt. The logo features the first organisms to spark our interest in the watershed- kingfishers, butterflies, frogs and flowering plants. Mr. Seth Estacio (former HEDCen Art & Music Teacher) helped us with the design.