By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
To enhance Filipinos’ appreciation of the country’s rich biological diversity, the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) will unveil on Monday, May 22, a museum that is especially dedicated to the Philippines’ unique marine and terrestrial biodiversity.
BMB Director Theresa Mundita Lim expressed hoped that the Museum of Philippine Biodiversity inside the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) in Quezon City would help awaken the interest of the public on the importance of conserving biodiversity.
The museum will feature six protected areas representing the different and unique terrestrial and marine ecosystems in the country.
The artworks to be displayed in the museum are interactive and experiential, showcasing the effects of current environmental issues.
“It is with utmost hope that this museum will encourage people to do something for our precious biodiversity,” Lim said.
“A museum of hope and pride, the Museum of Philippine Biodiversity aims to touch people’s senses to widen their perspectives and deepen their understanding in appreciating the biodiversity’s sublime beauty, as well as ignite their will to participate in conserving it,” she added.
A permanent installation art created by Luis Yee Jr. will also be unveiled during the event. Titled “Ugnayan,” the artwork representing the 21 countries comprising the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and their unity and cooperation in pursuit of common goals in various fields.
Likewise, on Monday, BMB will lead the first-ever “biodiversity congress.”
The twin events mark this year’s local celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD).
The three-day National Biodiversity Congress will open at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas Center. The event, which will run from May 22-24, carries the theme, “Upwelling of Lessons, Sustaining Community Benefits in the Conservation of Landscapes and Seascapes.”
IDBD is celebrated every 22nd of May to promote awareness on the importance of biodiversity to the public. Being a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Philippines is one of the 196 nations that observe IDBD annually.
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