Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) OIC Assistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus and Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau in concurrent capacity Ricardo Calderon (extreme left) delivers the keynote address of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatufor the Research and Development Conference on Invasive Alien Species.Cimatuunderscored the need for a collective effort to tackle invasive alien species (IAS) that has been invading and destroying nature’s ecological balance and the importance of public awareness to this end. Also in photo are (left to right): Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Alien Species Network coordinator Dr. T.V. Sajeev, Invasive Species Specialist Group representativeDr. AnzarKhuroo, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Coastal Zone and Freshwater Ecosystems Research Division chief Dr. Carmelita Villamor, ERDB Director Sofio Quintana, Malaysia’s Center for Agriculture and Bioscience International scientist Hong Twu Chan, and ASEAN Center for Biodiversity Research Associate Pauline Carmel Joy Eje. The event, organized by the ERDB, was held at the Diamond Hotel Manila on July 9-11, 2019 ###