The Taal Lake is situated on the main island of the Philippines, Luzon, not far from the largest lake of the Philippines, Laguna de Bay. Accounting for about 949 sq. km, Laguna de Bay is connected with Manila Bay by the Pasig river. Both lakes represent vital habitats for a diverse wildlife, among which some rare and endangered species such as the Philippine Eagle Owl and the cockatoo as well as the worldwide smallest monkey, the Philippines Tarsier. Conference participants were introduced to this exotic and unique natural and cultural treasures during two guided fieldstrips.
Lakes are due to the possibilities for transportation and source of water and food provision favourite settlement areas. Simultaneously they are, for the same reason fragile and endangered ecosystems. Can humans be held responsible for the destruction of such habitats?