Ms. Sherryl Lipio-Paz, an Environmental Science faculty was one of the 13 lucky recipients of the Rufford Grant Writing Course Scholarship. The course took place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia last March 29-30, 2015. Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) in cooperation with Rufford Foundation and Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) organized the event.
The objective of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for participants to learn how to design a field project and convincingly articulate the concept in the proposal for funding. The workshop focused on how to write a Rufford Small Grant (RSG) proposal. Workshop participants were young Asian conservationists from the government and academic institutions. Resource speakers were reputable conservation practitioners and experts from different international organizations.
Ms. Paz also attended the ATBC – Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting last March 30-April 2, 2015 while in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She presented a paper entitled “Habitat Determinants of Bird Communities in Selected Key Mine Areas of Mindanao: Implication for Conservation”. The conference’s theme is “The Future of Biodiversity in tropical Asia: Addressing Local and Global Challenges”. It was attended by approximately 300 researchers, students, biodiversity specialists, and conservation practitioners from all over Asia. The forum aims to promote awareness on the importance of studying and conserving tropical ecosystems. Ms Paz is currently studying “Terrestrial biodiversity in selected mining areas in Caraga region”.