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Monday, February 20, 2017
Last week President Duterte ordered the creation of a tripartite committee to study the current log-ban policy and called an intensified campaign against illegal logging. The committee that will study the total log-ban policy is composed of the departments of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Agriculture (DA), and of the...
THE government has built a tree-seed center (TSC) in Minglanilla, within the 123-hectare Cebu Experimental Forest (CEF), to boost the germplasm for superior quality trees to ensure the sustainable supply of quality planting materials until 2028. The TSC within the CEF is the first in the Visayas. A similar TSC...
Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez has ordered the closure of 23 mining operations and suspended five others for failing mining and environmental standards on February 2. According to Lopez, mining has only caused social injustice in many affected communities, as it causes massive environmental destruction and suffering to the...
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) are eyeing to tap various stakeholders within the Laguna de Bay region to help revive the country’s largest freshwater lake. Environment Undersecretary Arturo T. Valdez, also the National Anti-Environmental Crime Task Force (NAECTF) head, said...
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), called for the protection of Tañon Strait against commercial fishers, and emphasized that overfishing could lead to ecosystem collapse. “We believe that commercial fishing in an unsustainable manner is one of the major threats to our...
The government has embarked on a massive demolition of illegal fish pens and fish cages in Laguna de Bay on Thursday. Environment Undersecretary Art Valdez, who is also the National Anti-environmental Crime Task Force (NAECTF) head, said as of 1 p.m. on Thursday around 100 hectares of the lake’s surface...
An official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Thursday urged local government units (LGUs) to adopt and implement the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP) 2016-2028 by integrating it in their respective development agenda. Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim of the DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau...
BILLINGS, Montana—In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government’s most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities. Over the past eight years, GOP...
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The world’s first gorilla born in a zoo, a female named Colo who became the oldest known living gorilla in the US, has died at age 60, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said on Tuesday. Colo died in her sleep overnight, less than a month after her birthday, the...
THE global effort to protect and conserve biodiversity got a much-needed boost during the United Nations (UN) Biodiversity Conference in December 2016 in Cancun, Mexico. The conference resulted in significant commitments for action on biodiversity, including agreements to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture and tourism sectors, said Director Theresa...
By Manuel T. Cayon | Mindanao Bureau Chief DAVAO CITY—A Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) was rescued this week from what appears to be another attempt at hunting the bird despite the stringent law prohibiting it. Beth N. Ramos, information officer-designate at the Maitum municipal government in Sarangani province, said a farmer...
YADUA ISLAND, Fiji—Pita Qarau pulled his boat next to a turtle, which was trying desperately to flee the buzz of the boat’s noisy engine. The turtle, a female hawksbill, was surprisingly fast, capable of a top speed of about 15 miles per hour. But Qarau knew he could win the...
By Elmer V. Recuerdo | Correspondent TACLOBAN CITY—Environmental groups and social-development advocates are asking President Duterte to stop a multibillion-pesos infrastructure project not only because of the danger that it poses, but also of the high social cost. The Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC) said the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) submitted...
By Stephanie Tumampos / Special to the BusinessMirror The Philippines, through its Philippine Water Supply Sector Roadmap created by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda), has aimed to hit the universal water-access target by 2025. Yet, as hopeful as it seems, this goal requires  bigger responsibilities. In order to reach this...
CANCUN, Mexico—“We don’t have access to marine areas, because most are protected areas or are in private hands. We indigenous peoples have been losing access to our territories, as this decision became a privilege of the state,” complained Donald Rojas, a member of the Brunka indigenous community in Costa...
FOR years, Yuchengco Group of Cos. (YGC) has accomplished various corporate social-responsibility activities in response to the needs of the times; but none as extensive as the YGC Earth Care Project. In its inception during YGC’s centennial anniversary, the YGC Earth Care Project became the group’s partnership venture with the Department...
DHAKA—Though highly hopeful about achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) well ahead of the 2030 deadline, Bangladesh is upset over the procedures to access the Green Climate Fund (GCF), calling them “ridiculously complex” and warning that they may slow down its drive to achieve the SDGs. Bangladesh, one of...
PETERSHAM, Massachusetts—In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it’s easy to miss one of the tree’s nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree. The bug is one in an expanding...
WASHINGTON—The giraffe, the tallest land animal, is now at risk of extinction, biologists say. Because the giraffe population has shrunk nearly 40 percent in just 30 years, scientists put it on the official watch list of threatened and endangered species worldwide, calling it “vulnerable”. That’s two steps up the danger ladder...
To discuss ways on how businesses can contribute in mainstreaming biodiversity, the Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the government of Mexico gathered more than 250 experts from businesses, governments and non-governmental organizations by hosting the 2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum in Cancun, Mexico, on December...