CONSERVING BIODIVERSITY AMIDST CLIMATE CHANGE

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CONSERVING BIODIVERSITY AMIDST CLIMATE CHANGE


SEN. LOREN LEGARDA



United Nations Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

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CONSERVING BIODIVERSITY AMIDST CLIMATE CHANGE

  1. 1. CONSERVING BIODIVERSITY AMIDST CLIMATE CHANGE SEN. LOREN LEGARDA United Nations Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation
  2. 2. The Philippines has beenhailed as the World’s Center of Marine Biodiversity.Our country is one of the 18mega-biodiversity countries in the world.
  3. 3. Humans have altered ecosystems more rapidly and extensively in thepast 50 years than in any period in history
  4. 4. For every percentage rise in our economic activity,hectares of wondrous and thriving biodiversity are extracted from our natural environment.
  5. 5. At a 1.5 to 2.5-degree Celsiusrise in temperature in 50-100 years, 30% of species are at risk of extinction
  6. 6. We need to address a more imminent issue – that of existing local andregional non-climate stresses our natural ecosystems are already facing.
  7. 7. The 2009 GlobalAssessment Report of the United Nations found that we are creating trade-offs between ecosystem services.
  8. 8. We must protect our ecosystems.
  9. 9. Sustainable Forest Management Act - mandates the development and adoption of a sustainable forestmanagement strategyIntegrated Coastal Management Act - seeks to put in place a comprehensive frameworkthat will promote the sustainable development of the coastaland marine environment and resourcesNational Land Use Act - seeks to institutionalize a national land use policy to ensurea rational, holistic, and just allocation, utilization, managementand development of the countrys land resources
  10. 10. The Committee on Climate Change is deliberatingamendments to theClimate Change Act.A People’s Survival Fund will also be established.
  11. 11. Let us all work together and forge a network of cooperation to reserve this.Let us renew our friendship with nature andnot wait for the time when its wrath reaches its peak.
  12. 12. THANK YOU

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