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Gov’t officials urged to strengthen efforts to protect wildlife, biodiversity vs. destruction

March 5, 2018

Citing the 2016 Low Carbon Monitor Report of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), CCC foresees that 98 percent of coral reefs will die by 2050, practically an extinction by the end of the century if current global warming trends will continue.

Moreover, CCC noted that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has reported that with a 1.5°C to 2.5°C rise in temperature in a span of 50-100 years, 30 percent of species in the Philippines would be at risk of extinction.

Commissioner Rachel Herrera also encouraged local government units (LGUs) to strictly enforce environmental laws within their communities to protect and preserve wildlife and biodiversity.

“We already have landmark laws for the protection of our environment—hailed as

some of the best in the world—but we need to intensify our efforts to fully implement these measures on the ground,” Herrera said.

Among the laws are the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

Furthermore, CCC reiterated its commitment to providing technical assistance to LGUs, especially in formulating their Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP).

Commissioner Noel Gaerlan said it is extremely important that LGUs are fully aware of their climate and disaster risks, so that these would inform their LCCAP and guide their actions as they implement projects and programs at the community level.

“Rest assured that the CCC will continue working alongside our local government planners and officials, as well as stakeholders, in coming up with comprehensive and risk-informed LCCAPs that will hopefully protect the welfare of our wildlife and biodiversity, as well as the wellbeing of our fellow Filipinos,” Gaerlan said.

The formulation of LCCAP is in line with the Climate Change Act of 2009 and its amendatory law, the People’s Survival Fund Act—both principally sponsored and authored by Senator Loren Legarda.

It is also one key component of the CCC’s Communities for Resilience Program, which is undertaken in collaboration with state universities and colleges, and civil society organizations to deepen the knowledge and build the capacity of LGUs in addressing the impacts of climate change within their respective localities.

Source: Manila Bulletin