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Friday, January 20, 2017
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...
Scientists say there is a direct link and evidence that biodiversity boosts the resiliency of ecosystems against the impacts of climate change—a reason the protection and conservation of the country’s rich biodiversity can never be overemphasized. Experts believe that the country’s strength or resiliency against intense typhoons and extreme weather...
By Jonathan L. Mayuga @jonlmayuga  MILLIONS illions of years ago, primitive people dwell on caves, generally defined as large holes formed natural processes—usually in the side of a cliff or hill, under the ground or underwater—big enough for humans to enter. Caves continue to attract people for different reasons because of the...
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has completed the draft management plan on invasive alien species (IAS) to prevent its adverse impact to the environment and biodiversity. Developed as part of the United Nations Environment Programme-Global Environment Facility Project 0515, “Removing Barriers to Invasive Species Management in Production...

Protecting sharks and rays

In 2014 the Marine Wild Fauna Watch of the Philippines published the Philippine Aquatic Wildlife Rescue and Response Manual Series. The publication, one of which focuses on sharks and rays, aims to help address gaps and issues on threatened marine wildlife to protect and conserve marine biodiversity in the Coral...
ELEPHANT poaching is alive and well—and the elephants are not. A team of scientists examining seized shipments of elephant tusks from Africa have found that the vast majority of the ivory came from elephants that died within the last three years. The sobering results, published in the Proceedings of the National...
NAIROBI, Kenya—Land degradation already affects millions of people, bringing biodiversity loss, reduced availability of clean water, food insecurity and greater vulnerability to the harsh impacts of climate change. According to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), 2 billion hectares of productive land are currently degraded worldwide. An additional...
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—In Sri Lanka an elephant in the backyard has long been a sign of wealth, privilege and power. But these days it may also be a sign that someone is breaking the law. Capturing wild elephants has been banned for decades here. Registration records indicate there should be...
NEW YORK—Several biological scientists are exploring ways to restore the beauty of the world’s most famous reef—the Great Barrier Reef—which is dying. According to Australia’s National Coral Bleaching Taskforce, about 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef has suffered some degree of bleaching. Biologists have found that an increase of just...
Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh—International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) are strengthening ties to support Asean countries in achieving their biodiversity targets through a new memorandum of understanding. IUCN and ACB, both regarded as international centers of excellence for biodiversity conservation, are building on...