Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)OICAssistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus and Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau in concurrent capacity Ricardo Calderon (7th from left), Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Director Sofio Quintana and ERDB Senior Science Research Specialist Dr. Carmelita Villamor (5th and 6th from left, respectively) lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of the Research and Development Conference on Invasive Alien Species (IAS) held July 9, 2019 at Diamond Hotel Manila. The conference aims to come up with research-based solutions that would reduce the negative impact of IAS to local biodiversity and the environment. Also in photo are(left to right): ERDBForest Ecosystems Research Division chief FloritaSiapno, Dr. KavileVeettilSankaran of the Kerala Forest Research Institute (behind Siapno), AnzarKhuroo of the Invasive Species Specialist Group, Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Alien Species Network coordinator Dr. T.V. Sajeev,and the other members of the ERDB executive committee. ###