Students of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) won several awards in the recently concluded Youth Environment Camp (YEC) in Singapore.
A team of BS Fisheries students took the first spot in the Environment Research Paper and were adjudged second in the poster competition during the TF-NUS Youth Environment Camp 2022 held at the Regional Language Center International Hotel, Singapore, last November 20-26, 2022.
The CFOS team was composed of Kiara Raye Cartojano, Fiona de Castro, Ralph Jasil Escanillas, Antron Mathew Quilantang, Krizyl Morada, and Assoc. Prof. Sheila Santander-de Leon, who served as their adviser.
The country teams were re-grouped with other countries for the entire event to tackle specific issues and solutions across member countries. Cartojano and Santander-de Leon’s group, who worked on themes under Decarbonization Strategies and Nature-Based Solutions, won third and first place in the Environment Group Presentation, respectively.
The environment research paper and poster were submitted by the country team prior to the event as part of the participation requirements, while the environment group presentation was prepared during the event.
The YEC 2022 is an international youth program with the aim to encourage environmental stewardship, organized by the National University of Singapore and fully sponsored by the Temasek Foundation. This year’s theme focused on climate change and carbon footprint reduction.
The five-day event was aimed to gather ASEAN youth ages 17-20 for an environmental leadership exchange and provided an opportunity for the participants to network and work together with their regional peers to address environmental issues in Asia and how the region as a whole can reduce carbon footprint and improve sustainability. The program included lectures, hands-on workshops, learning journeys, and student presentations anchored on environmental themes. (With sources from Dr. Sheila S. de Leon)