Scientific findings on WPS and Philippine Rise featured in webinar series

| Written by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc


University of the Philippines Marine Science experts are presenting the results of their investigations into the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and the Philippine Rise via the four-episode Philippine Seas: Webinar Series of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB).

The webinar series consists of livestreamed lectures on the WPS, with the themes of “Biodiversity and Ecological Connectivity” and “Challenges and Threats”, on September 23 and October 8 at 10 AM.

Lectures on the Philippine Rise Marine Resource Reserve, with the themes of “Biodiversity and Oceanography” and “Fisheries and Management Programs”, will be livestreamed on October 12 and 14, also at 10 AM.

The public may visit the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Biodiversity Management Bureau Facebook page for the livestream, where they may also send questions and comments for Q&A segments with the experts and webinar attendees who, in turn, will be interacting via Zoom.

The UP Marine Science Institute (MSI) is at the forefront of research and expeditions in the Philippine Rise, formerly called the Benham Rise, and the WPS. The DENR and the Department of Agriculture Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) led expeditions in the marine regions as part of their mandates.

The webinar series on the WPS will feature presentations on genetic diversity and population connectivity, new records of seaweed, state of coral reefs, plastic pollution, effects of reclamation and island building, and a 10-year management roadmap.

On the Philippine Rise, the presentations will be on ecological connectivity and benthic diversity, oceanographic processes, deep reefs as refuge for shallow reefs, the marine resource reserve as a protected area, abundance of tuna larvae, and future programs.