The Biodiversity Center in Central Luzon and the Regional Integrated Coastal (RIC) Building established at the CLSU Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) were inaugurated at CLSU last June 25.

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CLSU President Ruben C. Sevilleja and Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) Executive Assistant for Administration Jay Borromeo, representing of BAR Director Nicomedes Eleazar, led the unveiling of the marker.

The centers are now both open to all interested sectors such as students, teachers, researchers, farmers, and local government units, among others.

The Biodiversity Center houses the Agrobiodiversity Museum, Biodiversity Molecular Laboratory, Training Room and enhanced Arboretum, Conservation Park and Nursery. The construction of the center and appurtenant facilities was funded by the DA-BAR through its Institutional Development Grant Program.

The newly-constructed agrobiodiversity museum is packed with P500,000 worth of equipment such as display boards showcasing crops genetic diversity, biodiversity conservation efforts, climate change impact to agrobiodiversity and indigenous crops in the Philippines. It has also agroecosystem diorama that shows different 3D colorful crops and animals grown and raised in the country, eight aquaria with various freshwater fishes, and a 37” flat screen tv to show their genetic and species diversity.

The RIC building on the other hand, was constructed for CLSU being the chosen RIC Resource Management Center by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

As CLSU counterpart, the RIC Learning Center, the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Regional Learning Center (CDRLC), faculty room and the Lanai were established.

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, ICCEM Director, said that through the added buildings cum facilities, wider information dissemination and public awareness on the importance of conservation of biodiversity can be achieved. –Gella Patria Abella

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Date: 2012-16-07 01:18:43
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Biodiversity Center in Central Luzon

Biodiversity Center in Central Luzon

P2M Biodiversity Center in Central Luzon  to be established in CLSU

The Central Luzon State University-Environmental Management Institute (CLSU-EMI) received a P2M grant from the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research for the establishment of a Biodiversity Center in Central Luzon.

A part of an integrated research to be conducted by the EMI, the Center  will be constructed beside the EMI Building. It will showcase the results of the integrated research on agro-management practices, biodiversity utilization, socio-economic studies, biological pesticides and biological control agents to be conducted by the EMI.This will  be done by  adopting on-site and off-site biodiversity conservation schemes, presenting sustainable livelihood options, engaging in IEC activities through state-of-the-art technologies, data banking of agricultural crops diversity and biodiversity, producing commercial biodiversity products, and promoting biodiversity through eco-tourism.

The proposed Biodiversity Center will have three  major areas: biodiversity museum, biodiversity laboratory, and training room.

The biodiversity museum, which will augment the existing one, will house the agrobiodiversity collection and research results of agrobiodiversity assessment studies in Central Luzon. This will be equipped with display boards, diorama, aquaria, and a flat screen monitor. The biodiversity laboratory will be utilized in the conduct of biodiversity research undertakings while the training room will serve as a venue for trainings and seminars on biodiversity and environmental management and an orientation venue for visitors.

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz Alberto, project proponent and EMI director, said the Center is expected to be constructed in three months and will be open to students, teachers, researchers, farmers, member agencies, and staff of local government units and other interested clientele towards the end of the year. She also hopes that through the Center a wider information dissemination and better public awareness on the importance of biodiversity specifically in  the conservation of the natural environment will be achieved.

Gella Patria Abella