By Development Communication Section / MLC Aralar
SEAFDEC/AQD presented a poster at the 16th World Lake Conference (WLC) which gathered over 800 participants from around 40 countries from 7 to 11 November 2016 in Bali, Indonesia.
The poster “Plankton diversity in an aquaculture and capture fisheries site in Laguna de Bay, Philippines” was presented by SEAFDEC/AQD Scientist Dr. Maria Lourdes Aralar and Senior Technical Assistant Engr. Emiliano Aralar.
The conference sessions included topics on policy improvement on lake management, limnology, biodiversity conservation, managing land use system, climate change & water crisis, ecotechnology & ecohydrology, water education, ecotourism and culture, and integrated lake basin management – all related to the conference’s theme “Lake Ecosystem Health and its Resilience: Diversity and Risks of Extinction.”
Among the highlights of the conference was the awarding of the Ibaraki-Kasumigaura Prize, given at each WLC, to the Philippines’ Engr. Alvin Faraon and his co-authors on his paper “Valuation of Ecosystem Service of the Laguna Lake Basin: Erosion Control and Flood Water Retention.” This is the third WLC in a row where the Philippines won the prize.
A special meeting for the establishment of SEALNet, or the Southeast Asian Limnological Network, took place during the conference with Indonesia taking the interim lead.
The participants also went on a field trip to Lake Bratan and Lake Buyan, two of the crater lakes in the mountain range of Central Bali.