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City life is vibrant, colorful, entertaining, and most of all convenient but it brings with it a weariness to the soul that can only be eased by immersion in green spaces. A green space is an area of grass, trees, or other vegetation set apart for recreational or aesthetic purposes in an otherwise urban environment. UP Diliman is one of only a handful of green spaces in the metro.

People are drawn to take shade in its towering "Acacia" trees around the academic oval. Visitors, students, and lovers alike enjoy sitting on grass around the sunken garden in the cool of the waning sun. Hordes of joggers ply the roads with a sense of security in the wide-open spaces and enveloping greenery of the campus. Keen-eyed birdwatchers hone their craft by looking for feathered wonders of the air among the vegetation. Science students with attendant teachers from as far as UP Manila conduct field experiments in the lagoon and grasslands in front of the main library. These are just a few of the many services the natural landscape of UPD offers to its constituents.

 

 

It is therefore disconcerting that there is a general lack of appreciation for the aesthetic, spiritual, cultural, and ecological benefits of this green space in the way people throw their rubbish everywhere, illegal settlers persecute animals in the lagoon and collect wildlife, and in the administrators' wanton development of campus wildscapes into man-made structures. Perhaps we can blame it to man's primal need to tame and dominate what is wild which is strongly embedded in the Filipino culture. But this doesn't have to be permanent or irreversible. There is much that can be done.

City life is vibrant, colorful, entertaining, and most of all convenient but it brings with it a weariness to the soul that can only be eased by immersion in green spaces. A green space is an area of grass, trees, or other vegetation set apart for recreational or aesthetic purposes in an otherwise urban environment. UP Diliman is one of only a handful of green spaces in the metro.

People are drawn to take shade in its towering "Acacia" trees around the academic oval. Visitors, students, and lovers alike enjoy sitting on grass around the sunken garden in the cool of the waning sun. Hordes of joggers ply the roads with a sense of security in the wide-open spaces and enveloping greenery of the campus. Keen-eyed birdwatchers hone their craft by looking for feathered wonders of the air among the vegetation. Science students with attendant teachers from as far as UP Manila conduct field experiments in the lagoon and grasslands in front of the main library. These are just a few of the many services the natural landscape of UPD offers to its constituents.

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It is therefore disconcerting that there is a general lack of appreciation for the aesthetic, spiritual, cultural, and ecological benefits of this green space in the way people throw their rubbish everywhere, illegal settlers persecute animals in the lagoon and collect wildlife, and in the administrators' wanton development of campus wildscapes into man-made structures. Perhaps we can blame it to man's primal need to tame and dominate what is wild which is strongly embedded in the Filipino culture. But this doesn't have to be permanent or irreversible. There is much that can be done.

The TWG for Biodiversity Management has been tasked with the management of research, and creation of policies and management plans for biodiversity and green spaces within the campus for a healthy environment and sustainable development.

 

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