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Illegal loggers will end up cannibalizing the country’s remaining forests when legitimate concessions cease to operate, an expert on Tuesday warned in relation to Malacañang-imposed total log ban across the Philippines.

“What we are concerned about is the state of degradation with which forests will be subjected to once the legitimate concessions cease to operate and illegal loggers start to abuse whatever is left of our forests," said Rex Victor Cruz, a University of the Philippines forestry professor.

Read more: Expert says log ban a field day for illegal loggers


Vietnam has teamed up with the Asian Development Bank to build a database detailing the greenhouse gas emissions of major government departments and urban centres in the country.

The database will be the first of its kind in Vietnam.

It will contain records of greenhouse gas emissions from the country’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), Ministry of Transport and the People’s Committees of three of its urban districts—Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang City and Thanh Hoa province.

Read more: Vietnam to build greenhouse gas emissions database


DEFORESTATION and climate change have intensified the threat of malaria, bringing malaria-carrying mosquitoes closer to cities and into other previously malaria-free areas.

Dr Chit Soe, a project adviser to the Quality Diagnosis and Standard Treatment of Malaria (QDSTM), said research showed changes to the environment had affected patterns of infection.

“The consequences of climate change directly affect animals and insects, including the behaviour and population density of [malaria-carrying] mosquitoes,” said Dr Chit Soe.

Read more: Climate change complicating malaria fight



IMG_0217_2As part of the European Union-funded project, Focused-Food Production Assistance to Vulnerable Sectors (EU-FPAVAS), a two-day training course titled “Hands-on Training on Practical Applications of Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) to Climate Change” was held last January 27-28, 2011 at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna.

Eighteen participants completed the training course with three representatives each from the six EU-FPAVAS province-beneficiaries namely Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Occidental Mindoro, and Oriental Mindoro. Most were junior level staff of their respective local government units (LGU) who use geographic information system (GIS) in their line of work.

Read more: SEARCA capacitates six LGUs on applications of GIS to climate change



Southeast Asia is highly vulnerable to climate change due to its geographic location, poor population, and high dependence on agriculture and natural resources. Studies show that local government units in countries like Cambodia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are in need of enhancing their capacity to adapt to climate change.

In order to help build local capacities in these countries, the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) funded a three-year project, entitled “Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change for Selected Southeast Asia Countries: Vulnerability Assessment and Economic Analysis of Adaptation.” The project sites include the provinces of Kampong Speu (Cambodia), Laguna (Philippines), and Thua Thien Hue (Vietnam).

Read more: SEARCA to collaborate with EEPSEA on a climate change project


InleTHE number of birds wintering at Inle Lake in southern Shan State appears to be lower during the current cold season compared with past seasons, area residents said last week.

An inn owner in the town of Nyaung Shwe, located near the northern end of the lake, said he has seen fewer seagulls this year than in the past.

“At this time there are fewer gulls flying along the creek that leads from Nyaung Shwe to Inle Lake,” he said. “We used to see many more seagulls in the area. They usually live at Inle Lake from November to February.”

The inn owner said the gulls used to follow boats travelling from the town to the lake, as well as to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, and visitors would throw food to them.

Read more: Fewer birds sighted at Inle



MANILA, Philippines – Dubbed as the ‘low-hanging fruit’ in the heaps of green energy solutions, a benchmarking study on energy efficiency investments among countries in the Southeast Asian region would have its noteworthy kick-off in the Philippines this February.

A collaborative effort between the British Embassy and the Makati City government for a forum on “Addressing Climate Change through Energy Efficiency Investments” will partly set the way for the launch of the so-called study. A press statement from the British Embassy noted that the “Market Feasibility Report on Energy Efficiency in Southeast Asia: Investment Opportunities,” will tackle how energy efficiency “opens doors to new investment opportunities in six South East Asian countries.”

Read more: ASEAN benchmarking study set on energy efficiency investments


MANILA, Philippines – The local government units (LGUs) are playing a key role in climate change adaptation and disaster risk mitigation, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

“The lesson that we learned in the course of our technical assistance to LGUs is that they play a critical role, because they have decision making powers, hold the purse and are directly accountable to their constituents,” Susan Rachel Jose, director of the NEDA-Regional Development Coordination Staff, said.

Jose said that, aside from providing technical assistance, the responsibility of national government agencies, such as NEDA, is to coordinate planning among different LGUs that geographically share the same ecosystem.

Read more: LGUs eyed in addressing climate change



MANILA, Philippines (PNA) - For Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, it only seems fitting that the Philippines should host an international conference where international experts will discuss the intricate relationship between biodiversity and climate change.

After all, the Philippines is one of the most biologically diverse countries that, as an archipelago, is also one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Around 700 environmentalists, researchers, scientists, academicians, policy makers and representatives from various related organizations are expected to gather for the International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change slated at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on Feb. 1-3.

Read more: DENR, CHED host International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change at PICC on Feb. 1-3


HAGONOY, Bulacan , Philippines  – Climate change has taken its toll on two coastal villages of this town along the Manila Bay hampering livelihood and food production while threatening to wash away the villages into the sea.

This is due to the destruction of at least 100 hectares of municipal fishpond or propius fronting the Manila Bay.

The said fishponds served as a buffer for the villages of Pugad and Tibaguin here for decades, but declined in management, left it to the waves during rainy season that wiped out the rock and soil dike making it not part of the sea.

Read more: Climate change takes its toll in Bulacan


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