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Monday, May 22, 2017
Established in 2002, the Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary, a local marine-protected area (MPA) in Masbate City, province of Masbate, is now considered a certified “tourist magnet” and one of the top ecotourism destinations in the Bicol region. Once in the brink of extinction because of rampant illegal and destructive fishing,...
Reaffirming its commitment to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable development globally, the European Union (EU) is supporting the Asean Biodiversity Heroes, a program designed to recognize outstanding individuals from the Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam who have contributed significantly to...
Philippine biodiversity offers potential leads for the development of pharmaceutical medicines in the country, according to an outstanding researcher who was recently awarded by the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP). “There are endemic plants, insects, marine organisms, minerals that could be sources of...
DAVAO CITY—The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) called for the adoption of climate resilience and green-growth approach for the development of Mindanao. This was made in the Conference on Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Mindanao: Road Map to Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development held last week...
In the middle of a flooded forest, if the water is acidic and the color is somehow dark, like tea, it is not polluted. You may be in a peatland. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has identified nine peatland ecosystems in the country—mostly within protected areas or...
The search is on for the 10 Asean Biodiversity Heroes to represent Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The Asean Biodiversity Heroes is a program designed to recognize outstanding individuals from the Asean region who have contributed significantly to biodiversity conservation and...
Onboard a military helicopter, Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez showed journalists the damage caused by what is considered the worst mining disaster in the Philippines—and why she is against irresponsible mining. Lopez has repeatedly said she is not antimining but is definitely against irresponsible mining, which companies rake huge...
Medina, Misamis Oriental, is a quaint town quite unknown to people from Metro Manila, despite its rich biodiversity and enthralling beauty. Not much has been written about this gem, tucked in a shoreline in between more famous destinations Cagayan de Oro and Butuan. A half-an-hour ride away from Camiguin, Medina is...
The sighting of a killer whale in Puerto Galera, a town in Oriental Mindoro and a popular tourist destination in Luzon, has caught the attention of marine wildlife-conservation advocates. The fascinating marine mammal, about 7 meters long, was photographed and posted on Facebook (FB) through the account of Kai Tagaki,...
By Lilay Castillo & Monai Saguin A hero is an individual who is admired for extraordinary achievements, courage, or noble qualities. When asked who their heroes are, many people in the Philippines think of Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio and Apolinario Mabini. Every country has heroes they look up to—King Naresuan the...
By Eirene C. Zaragoza | DOST-PCAARRD S&T Media Service Two projects on the protection of the integrity of the ecosystem funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) kicked off recently. Implemented under the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research...
A rift between US President Donald J. Trump and the rest of the Group-of-Seven (G-7) over his hard-line climate-change stance looks set to widen next month when leaders meet in Italy. Energy ministers from Canada, France, Germany and others members of the G-7 took the unusual step of declining to...
By Lilay Castillo In February 2017 a critically endangered orangutan was shot, chopped to pieces, and eaten by palm-oil plantation workers in Indonesia’s Kapuas Hulu district. The police arrested three workers after finding orangutan meat and bones in their cupboard. A few years back, a farmer from Impasug-ong, Bukidnon, shot and...
INTERNATIONAL non-governmental organization (NGO) RARE is making its mark in promoting sustainable fishing through local fisheries management in the Philippines. Through social marketing, local fisheries reform is taking place in RARE’s project sites, one coastal town at a time. With this, the protection and conservation of the country’s important fishing grounds,...
What is biodiversity? Ask people what they think it means, and chances are only a few can accurately define it. Fewer still can explain its significance to human survival. The immense communication gap between the biodiversity conservation community and the general public is a major factor hampering efforts to achieve...
A man-made mangrove forest in Leganes, Iloilo province, is now becoming a magnet for birds, a variety of spawning fish species, mud crabs and other marine wildlife. The 15-hectare Katunggan Park in Barangays Gua-an and Nabitasan, which used to be fishponds, is now thickly covered with mangroves. From being an abandoned,...
A group of islands—Gigantes Islands, or Islas de Gigantes in the municipality of Carles in Iloilo province—is known for its rich fishing ground. Lately, hordes of tourists in Carles visit Gigantes, which beauty was discovered by local and foreign tourists through word of mouth in the course of relief operations...
A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) committee of experts has announced new records for the highest temperatures recorded in the Antarctic region, as part of continuing efforts to expand a database of extreme weather and climate conditions throughout the world. Knowledge and verification of such extremes is important in the study...
FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., has recently donated the use of its extensive global transportation network to ship a giant panda from the United States to Chengdu, China. The giant panda Bao Bao landed at China’s Chengdu Shuangliu Airport onboard FedEx B777Freighter—known as the FedEx Panda Express—from Washington, D.C., in the US. Upon arrival, the panda...
Conclusion Water-resource management To prevent the further deterioration of the Abra River and the potential water-supply shortage in the future, the master plan came up with recommendations underscoring economic value in all its uses—promoting coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources within the Abra River Basin—without compromising...
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