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Symposium: 6th International Symposium of the Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Inc.


On November 15–19, 2021, the Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society (PNPCSI) is holding its 6th International Symposium with the theme, “Saving the Plants that Save Us: Conservation of Native Flora Amidst Calamities.” PNPCSI is a Philippine non-profit organization founded in 2008 by botanist Leonardo L. Co that advocates for the conservation of Philippine native flora and their natural habitats. This organization is also an active member of the Rainforest Restoration Initiative Network (RFRI), a voluntary network of organizations and institutions promoting the use of native species in forest restoration. This symposium showcases not only how native flora protects us from and sustains us through disasters, but also how recent calamities and the on-going health crisis have been affecting conservation work. The symposium includes plenary talks, oral presentations, a virtual poster exhibit, botanical art workshops, and a report on the State of the Nation’s Plants. Pre-register to receive updates about the symposium. Register online—registration is open and free to everyone.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Register online.


DAY 1: November 15, 2021
Opening Program

• Welcome Messages
Sandra L. Yap, PhD/ President, Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. (PNPCSI)
David Justin R. Ples, MSc / Head, PNPCSI Symposium Team 2021

• Messages and Videos from Partners
Br. Manuel R. Pajarillo, FSC, PhD / Vice-Chancellor for Research, De La Salle Lipa
Amor Maclang / Founder, GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc.

• Opening of Virtual Poster Exhibit and Elevator Pitches

Opening of Botanical Art Exhibit
Bing Famoso Tac-an / Artist and Founder, Philippine Botanical Art Society (PhilBAS)

• Commemoration of Leonard Co’s Death Anniversary

DAY 2: November 16, 2021
Native flora support/regulate our ecosystems and safeguard us against calamities

• Opening of Day 2

• Plenary Talk: The Benefits of Native Flora for Ecosystem and Human Health
Alexander Antonelli, PhD / Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

• Special Video Features

• Series of Oral Presentations

DAY 3: November 17, 2021
Native Flora Sustain our Health

Opening of Day 3

Plenary Talk: Beyond Timber Trees, Non-Timber Forest Plant Sustain People and Their Ways of Living
Ramon A. Razal, PhD / University of the Philippines Los Banos

 • Special Video Features

• Series of Oral Presentations

Day 4: November 18, 2021
Native Flora are our Unique Natural Heritage

• Opening of Day 4

• Plenary Talk: Documenting and conserving the plant diversity of northwestern Luzon, Philippines amidst a changing climate and a global pandemic
Michael Agbayani Calaramo, MSc / Northwestern University Ecological Park and Botanic Gardens

• Special Video Features

• Series of Oral Presentation

Day 5: November 19, 2021
Closing Program

• Opening of Day 5

• Botanical Art Workshop
Aissa Domingo / Philippine Botanical Art Society
Rene Alfred Anton Bustamante & Yu-Pin Ang / Philippine Taxonomic Initiative

• Awarding Ceremonies for Best Presentations

• State of the Nation’s Plants
Pieter B. Pelser, PhD / Co’s Digital Flora of the Philippines
Albert Balbuting, Jr. / Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society, Inc.
Leon Dulce / Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment

• Closing Ceremonies