Los Banos, Laguna – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) launched ENVIOCON last October 28 via Facebook Live.

ENVIOCON is a video contest which aims to highlight possible contributions of biotechnology on addressing environmental issues in the country as perceived by the younger generations today. Six thematic areas are identified which include: watershed, urban areas, biodiversity, coastal and freshwater, agroforestry, and forest.

ERDB conducts research projects to help protect and conserve the country’s environment and natural resources. Several research and development efforts have led to the generation or development of environment-friendly techniques using traditional and modern biotechnology. ERDB’s biotechnology efforts dealt mostly on forest production, protection and rehabilitation to adhere to concerns on forest decline, climate change, and providing people’s needs through the ecosystem services. Among these technologies are high-quality vesicular arbuscular mycorrhiza (HI-Q VAM 1), non-mist clonal propagation of forest tree species, genetic diversity of forest trees through DNA analysis, and micropropagation of Bagras Blume through tissue culture.

ENVIOCON is part of the celebration of the 16th National Biotechnology Week which is also chaired by DENR. NBW has been annually celebrated every last week of November through Presidential Proclamation 1414 since 2004. In compliance with the safety protocols set under the new normal, all activities related to the celebration of NBW will be conducted online.

ERDB is the principal research and development unit of DENR. Its R & D and extension activities are focused on the five major ecosystems of the Philippines which include forests, upland farms, grassland and degraded areas, coastal zone and freshwater, and urban areas. Allysa Marie C. Federio, TTD

Interested participants can send their entry thru: http://bit.ly/ENVIOCON2020