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Protect marine resources, says Legarda

April 23, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda, chairperson of the Senate climate change committee, on Tuesday renewed her call for the protection of the marine diversity and the preservation of the ecosystems in the country.

Legarda made the call as the world celebrates the Earth Day today (Tuesday, April 22).

She stressed that the Philippines is one of the 17 megadiverse countries, home to majority of Earth’s species.

”Unfortunately, we are also one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots, with a large number of species that are endangered or threatened with extinction,” she said.

“The Philippines also has one of the world’s richest marine ecosystems, characterized by extensive coral reefs, sea-grass beds and dense mangroves. But despite this richness in marine resources, about 3.9 million families still experienced hunger in the last quarter of 2013 and many of those living in coastal communities remain poor with four of 10 coastal residents living under poverty line,” she added.

Legarda then asked Filipinos to work together to help revive the country’s ailing environment.

“Let us turn away from extractive and consumptive way of living and strive to make a positive impact on our natural resources—may it be by saving on fuel, energy and water consumption, recycling, proper solid waste management or growing trees,” she said.

“We must put an end to the exploitation and exportation of corals as well as the fishing and taking of any rare, threatened and endangered species. Our fishermen should stop the use of fine mesh net, explosives and other poisonous substance in our seas,” she said.

“We celebrate Earth Day every year on April 22 and we are reminded to nurture our planet which abundantly provides us with the resources we need to survive. We are encouraged to strengthen our commitment to save the Earth and contribute to the sustainability of our nation.”

Source: Manila Bulletin