About a hundred researchers and scientists from around the world are coming together in Palawan to participate in the International Conference on Biosphere and Sustainability 2019, starting tomorrow until Friday, at Citystate Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa City.

The conference, which has started in 2014, has been an avenue for researchers and students to exchange studies and project reports in the Philippines.

For the first time, this year, it has extended into the international level where countries can share studies and researches that could contribute to the attainment of the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Findings from researches and studies conducted in biosphere reserves, the learning laboratories for sustainable development, such as Palawan, will also be presented.

To recognize the policy implications of these studies and help communities make scientific-based decisions, government officials and policymakers are likewise attending to hear from the researchers and take necessary actions.

The conference will showcase a total of 90 presentations, 60 of which are under oral category and the remaining are under poster category.

Renowned speakers are coming from different institutions in the Philippines, South Korea, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, and more, with topics related to sustainable development.

The sessions are divided into four themes:  Biosphere Reserves, Climate Change Resilience and Sustainability; Ecological and Biophysical Systems; Human and Environment Systems; and Economic Systems, Innovation and Technology.

Three awards will be given per theme and category, a total of 24 awards.

For five years now, PCSD Staff (PCSDS) and members of the Palawan Knowledge Platform has been holding this conference annually.