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Time for lowly ‘kawayan’ to shine

The bamboo, or kawayan in Filipino, is again put in the spotlight as a viable solution to the ever-increasing demand for a sustainable supply of raw materials. Highly flexible and durable, the bamboo is sturdy giant grass species that have multiple uses. Ecosystem services Natural bamboo...

ACB: Conserving tarantulas, scorpions helps prevent diseases

Tarantulas and scorpions as pets? Think again. The head of the Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) expressed concern over the recent cases of illegal wildlife trafficking seemingly influenced by trends of keeping these threatened species as pets, an ACB news release said. The Philippines’s Bureau...

Distinctly unique PHL wild doves

They are almost twice the size of the brown shrike, commonly called  tarat. But they are slightly smaller compared to their domesticated cousins, the homing or racing pigeons, which are usually kept by your neighbor’s kids. Unlike their bigger cousins, these elusive doves are...

Palawan’s Bulalacao marine ecosystem is best community-managed MPA

For actively helping the  coastal and marine ecosystems recover and regenerate, the Palawan government named the Bulalacao marine protected area in Coron as the province’s Best Community-Managed MPA. Established in 2014, the 3,297-hectare area has two strict protection zones and two sustainable use zones. Malampaya...

Climate leaders support 75% GHG reduction target in draft PHL plan

Climate Reality Leaders (CRL) in the Philippine welcomed the government’s commitment to a projected greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction and avoidance of 75 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2030. The GHG mitigation target is enshrined in the draft Philippine Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to...

Sasmuan Pampanga Coastal Wetlands: PHL’s 8th wetland of international importance

The Philippines marked its celebration of the World Wetlands Day on February 2 with the designation of Sasmuan Pampanga Coastal Wetlands (SPCW) as the country’s 8th Wetland of International Importance, or Ramsar Site. The designation of Sasmuan as a Ramsar Site, the first in...

Dominguez welcomes US plan to reenter Paris Agreement

THE Department of Finance (DOF) has welcomed the plan of the United States (US) to join again in an international accord to address the climate crisis. In a statement posted at the DOF portal, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III was pleased by the announcement...

MaCEA, PLDT-Smart collaborate for environmental stewardship

The country’s largest integrated telecommunications company PLDT Inc. (PLDT) and its wireless subsidiary, Smart Communications Inc. (Smart), have partnered with the Makati Commercial Estate Association (MaCEA) to expand the PLDT-Smart Gabay Kalikasan street mural of internationally renowned and multi-awarded environmental “artivist” AG Saño. Aimed...

US, PHL sign P7.25-billion pact for environment protection

The US government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Philippine National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) signed a new, five-year bilateral assistance agreement valued at more than P7.25 billion ($150 million) to protect the Philippine environment. Through the agreement,...

2021 Waterbird Census in Manila Bay shows 20% decline over two years

In time for World Wetlands Day on February 2, celebrated to raise global awareness about the high importance of wetlands for people and planet, results on the annual Asian Waterbird Census in Manila Bay were released. The January 2021 count tallied 110,000 waterbirds,...

Philippine eagles given second chance

Another Philippine eagle was recently found and rescued in the hinterlands of Maitum town in Sarangani province. It was the first eagle rescued this year, and after seven were rescued from several areas in Mindanao last year. A municipal government team retrieved the eagle...

French lawmakers debate ban on wild animals in circuses

PARIS—French lawmakers this past week debated an animal welfare bill that would ban using wild animals in traveling circuses and keeping dolphins and whales in captivity in marine parks, amid other restrictions. Circus workers held a protest against the bill outside the National Assembly,...
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