The event dubbed as National REDD+ Congress: A Platform for Learning Experience was graced by DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Isabelo Montejo, representing DENR Secretary Gina Lopez. In his message, Usec Montejo acknowledged the determination and support of the civil society for the successful implementation of the REDD+ which serves as a strategy for addressing climate change.
He also emphasized that the Philippines has seen a dramatic reduction of its forest cover in recent years due to activities such as slash-and-burn practices, illegal logging, mining, and other forms of activities that release greenhouse gases..
In enjoining the REDD+ practitioners to work together to mitigate the impacts of climate change, he said, “the knowledge and expertise of the different CSOs who are in the forefront of social justice shall be tapped for the success of the REDD+ project in the Philippines.” He also emphasized that a project, such as REDD+ becomes meaningful, only when it is tagged by the civil society as their own.
The REDD+ Project is an international mechanism to help stop deforestation and mitigate climate change by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases through enhanced forest management. The office of the National REDD+ System Philippines Project states that when implemented, it can quickly reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and provide significant benefits to people’s organizations, indigenous peoples, and local landowners and forest communities, as well as for biodiversity in the forest areas.
The REDD+ Project sites in the Philippines are located in three regions - region 5, region 8, and Region 11. The project started in April 2013 and will end in April 2017.
REDD+ is being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in partnership with the DENR-Forest Management Bureau, Biodiversity Management Bureau, Climate Change Commission, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and other stakeholders, including local government units and local communities. ###
DENR calls for proper management of wastewater, recognizes 14 'water champions'
To emphasize this year’s World Water Day theme, "Water and Wastewater," a top official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) today underscored the need to focus on the so-called “double-sided effects” of wastewater during the culminating event of the celebration of Philippine Water Week and World Water Day at the Quezon City Sports Club.
This, even as DENR Undersecretary for Staff Bureaus Demetrio Ignacio, Jr. led the recognition of 14 “water champions” comprised of individuals, organizations, government agencies and local government units (LGUs). Read more...
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