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Southeast Asian park managers set meet in Tagaytay on biodiversity

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will host the 4th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Heritage Parks (AHP) Conference, a regional dialogue addressing biodiversity issues and the sustainable management of protected areas, in the first week of October.

The four-day meet will be held in Tagaytay City on October 1-4, spearheaded by the Asean Center for Biodiversity (ACB) and hosted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje announced Saturday.

Some 300 delegates from Asean countries, including biodiversity experts, park managers, policy makers, scientists, and representatives from nongovernmental organizations, indigenous and local communities, are expected to attend.

In a news release, ACB executive director Roberto V. Oliva said the conference would update the participants on recent knowledge and tools in addressing biodiversity loss and ecosystems degradation and the preservation of Asean’s natural heritage.

The dialog will also cover issues on biodiversity in the context of the outcomes of the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to achieve the so-called Aichi Biodiversity Targets laid out in Nagoya, Japan in 2010.

AHP conferences are conducted every three years.

The first was held in Thailand in 2004; the second in Malaysia in 2007; and the third in Brunei in 2010.

“These conferences ensure that park managers, policy makers, conservationists, scientists and relevant stakeholders benefit from available best practices and lessons on the management of AHPs and other protected areas,” the DENR said.

Side events during the conference will include a visit to Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve, the newest AHP.

To date, there are 33 AHPs in Southeast Asia, five of which are in the Philippines: the Mt. Apo Natural Park, Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park and Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park, all in Mindanao; Mts. Iglit-Baco in Mindoro, and the Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve.


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  • kismaytami

    Kung hindi sila magko-convoy o magwa-wang-wang sa Tagaytay, siguradong maiipit sila sa trapik sa Tagaytay mismo.

  • 1ncorruptus

    Akalain mo na ang Pilipinas pa ang napiling mag-host ng ika-apat na ASEANs Heritage Park Conference, samantalang kabi-kabila at pinababayaan ng mga otoridad ang pag-poach at pagpatay sa ating mga threatened at endangered animal species at ang patuloy na pagka -extinct ng ating mga indigenous flora, lalo na sa mga lugar na pinahihintulutan ng DENR na makapag-mining ang mga Pilipino, Chinese, at iba pang mga dayuhang mining companies or private individuals. Paanong walang anumang pagpapahalaga ang departamento na ito na kaya lamang itinatag ay specifically na upang magprotekta sa ating mga likas na yaman na flora at fauna at sa ating mga mineral resources, kasama na ang ating ecosystem? Talagang ang mga tao na walang anuman o tunay na pagmamahal sa bayan ay hindi kailan man maaasahan na unahin at pangalagaan ang ating mga fauna, flora, at iba pang mga likas na yaman na namumukod-tangi ang biodiversity, pati na rin ang ating mga mineral resources. Tanging pangsariling interets at kapakanan ay iniisip at inuuna nila.

  • 1ncorruptus

    Ang dapat ay ipatigil ng DENR at ng Bureau of Mining and Geosciences nito ang pagmina sa anumang lugar sa Pilipinas, dahil bukod sa nangangawala at nangangamatay ang ating mga indigenous species ng flora at fauna ay ninanakaw at ini-smuggle lamang palabas ng bansa ang mga mineral resources na nai-extract nila sa atin, upang hindi maipagbayad ng napakaliit na ngang buwis. Isa pa, walang sinuman sa pamahalaan ang nakababatid ng tama at eksaktong dami ng mga mineral resources na na-extract, dahil tanging ang mga mining companies at individual miners lamang ang nakakaalam nito. Bakit ipinagpapamigayan at ipinauubos ng gonyerno ang ating mga mineral resources na para bang wala nang pagkaubos. Ano pa ang matitira sa atin sa ibang araw na tayo ang mangailangan nito? Secretary Ramon Page : Kung may pagmamahal at malasakit ka sa Pilipinas, dapat mong lakarin at kumbinsihin si Presidente Aquino na ipahinto nang permanently ang mining sa PIlipinas. Gumawa sana siya ng batas tungkol sa total mining ban sa Pilipinas.



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