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Sri Lanka, Aug 11 (Canadian-Media): Promotion of scientific activities and providing training to address region-specific issues about conservation of biodiversity in the region is greatly assisted by the Asia-Pacific Chapter of The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), media reports said.
Founded in 1963, ATBC is the world’s oldest and largest academic society partners with over 65 countries for conservation of tropical ecosystems.
This year's Asia-Pacific Chapter Conference (ATBC-AP 2019) scheduled for September 10-13, hosted by Sri Lanka will be held at MAS Athena, Thulhiriya.
n addition to plenary talks, technical sessions and discussions, the program will include field and laboratory workshops led by local and international experts to discuss saving, using and studying biodiversity. A majority of the workshops will be at the conference venue in Thulhiriya.
The program includes:
1. Introduction to Biogeography and Biogeographical Analysis
2. An Introduction to Molecular Phylogenetics and Its Applications
3. Spatial Analysis of Ecological Data in R
4. Identification of Non-lichenized Fungi and Mushrooms
5. Lichens in the Asia Pacific Region – Their Components, Diversity and Conservation
6. Tell Your Story Right: DOs, Don’ts and (FREE) Tools in Science Communication for Researchers
7. Boot Camp on Ecological Data Analysis
8. Plastic Debris and Marine Fauna: Media, Education and Social Change in Coastal Communities
9. Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity: Valuing, Protecting, and Restoring Nature
Vancouver (B.C.), Aug 8 (Canadian-Media): Three southern resident killer whales declared dead by the Center for Whale Research, which studies conservation of the Southern Resident Killer Whale population in the pacific northwest, has brought the population down to 73, media reports said.
Martin Haulena, head veterinarian at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, said the death of three orcas is bad news but is hopeful that some of the measures put into place recently by the federal government can help turn things around for the animals.
Protection of killer whales. Image credit: www.wwf.ca
"I think we're at a critical point for sure," he said Tuesday. "I think that the population can't afford to lose too many more and really things need to turn around soon."
A number of rules had been announced by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to protect these whales off British Columbia's coast, including implementing initiatives to support habitat protection and restoration of chinook salmon.