SINTA-AL (My beloved, Taal), a 2-minute film showing Filipinos’ commitments to protect and preserve the waters, species, and people of Lake Taal won the Best Video Award in the 6th International Symposium on Conservation and Management of Tropical Lakes, in conjunction with the 3rd International Conference on Tropical Limnology (TROPLIMNO III), held from November 25-26, 2021.  The conference was held online.

The said video was produced through the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) ongoing research program, Taal Post-Eruption Ecological Research (Taal PEER), in close collaboration with the Kilusan ng mga Maliit na Mangingisda sa Lawa ng Taal (KMMLT).  The research generally aims to come up with scientifically-sound policy recommendations for Lake Taal’s proper management and conservation.

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NRCP researcher, Dr. Jonathan Carlo A. Briones, Taal PEER Program Leader and member of NRCP Division of Biological Sciences, said that SINTA-AL video aims to bring awareness on conserving post-eruption Lake Taal and helping the resilient but vulnerable fisherfolk communities.   Dr. Briones and Dr. Rey Donne Papa, who is a Component Project Leader, also said that together with their partner communities, they will be conducting a fund-raising activity by utilizing the SINTA-AL video.

They said that this will be done through an external foundation who will be partnering with them in the future. It is expected that all proceeds will go to the fisherfolks.

The conference was participated by representatives of multiple lake basin stakeholders from Japan and other countries, leading academics and scientists, policymakers, lake managers, students, and other professionals in the field of tropical limnology.

This 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). Meanwhile, collaborators include 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.

To watch in full, click the video links:https://jcenvilake.itc.edu.kh/photo-and-video and

https://www.ust.edu.ph/ust-lake-taal-researchers-win-video-contest-with-natural-lake-advocacy-video/