The SINTA-AL advocacy video produced by UST researchers from the TAAL PEER program, headed by Asst. Prof. Jonathan Carlo A. Briones, PhD and College of Science Dean Rey Donne S Papa, PhD, won the Best Video award during the 6th International Symposium on Conservation and Management of Tropical Lakes, held in conjunction with the 3rd International Conference on Tropical Limnology. The events were held from November 25-26, 2021.
The entry aimed to bring awareness to conserving post-eruption Lake Taal and aiding its resilient but vulnerable fisherfolk communities. The video was produced through the NRCP-funded Taal PEER Program headed by Briones and Papa, in close collaboration with JCI Antipolo and the Kilusan ng mga Maliit na Mangingisda sa Lawa ng Taal (KMMLT).
The video contest was promoted to show the impressions/reflections on life and activities related to natural lakes. Entries are evaluated on the basis of creativity, originality, entertainment value, and how well it expresses and connects the values and principles of aquatic ecosystems and water environment.
The conference was organized by the Platform for Aquatic Ecosystem Research (PAER), the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Yamagata University, Southeast Asian Limnological Network (SEALNet), and the Research Center for Limnology – National Research and Innovation Agency of Indonesia (RCL-BRIN). Collaborators included Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment, Cambodia’s Tonie Sap Authority, Cambodia’s Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, as well as Universiti Sains Malaysia and the International Lake Environment Committee Foundation of Japan.