UPLB, through the UPLB Museum of Natural History and the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension hosted the meeting of the Philippine Red List Committee’s Technical Working Sub-group on Insects last 17 September at the OVCRE Annex Building, UPLB, College, Laguna.

The Philippine Red List Committee is a body formed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to assess and determine the conservation status of Philippine wildlife and plants.

Members of the technical working sub-group for insects included experts from Museum of Natural History, CA-Crop Science Cluster, CAS-Institute of Biological Sciences, CFNR-Department of Forest Biological Sciences, Biodiversity Conservation Society of the Philippines, Inc., Ateneo de Manila University, and the National Museum.

During the group’s workshop, the criteria for determining the conservation status of insects under threat was itemized and finalized for proposal to the National Red List Committee. A scoring system was also preliminary devised and tested on a small sample list of insects under threat.

The whole process will also be tested and evaluated by the experts on several species of interest. Results of the experts’ evaluation will be tackled by the committee during their next scheduled meeting.

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