THE Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
GmbH and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) are calling for proactive participation from all stakeholders for the protection and conservation of the Philippines’ biodiversity.
DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) Director Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim said this is the most opportune time to get people to act together amid the challenges that continue to threaten life on earth, such as climate change, food insecurity, and loss of livelihood due to environmental degradation.
“While the government promises strengthened law enforcements, we can’t do it alone. We need Filipinos to help sustain our biodiversity,” she said.
The Philippines is endowed with an abundance of biodiversity, which provides Filipinos with food, medicine, and other basic needs, as well as livelihood and tourism income. In fact, every so often, new species are still being found.
Dr. Lim noted that the Philippines is recognized as a mega-diverse country when it comes to a variety of ecosystems and species.
Yet, not all Filipinos appreciate nor understand biodiversity’s impact on their lives, she said. Biodiversity has been dwindling due largely to exploitative human activities, she added.
“Biodiversity is very important in achieving sustainable development, a means to lifting each and every Filipino from poverty. But biodiversity does not provide infinite resources. We still hear of poaching, of illegal logging and hunting, yet humans only get temporary economic respite from these activities. Many of us Filipinos don’t realize that like all living things, it needs care. And we are very dependent on our biodiversity for our livelihood and sustenance,” she said.
The German government, through GIZ, is helping the Philippines protect its biodiversity to achieve inclusive and sustainable development for all Filipinos.
Germany is a global leader in sustainable development, especially in green industries and renewable energy.
The German aid agency is expressing its support anew to the Biodiversity Advocacy campaign, launched recently by the DENR-BMB at Crowne Plaza in Ortigas.
The campaign, launched in time for the International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22), aims to promote public awareness and appreciation of the importance and values of biodiversity. It also aims to build support from stakeholders.
The winners of the “Selfie Take 2 for Biodiversity” challenge will also be announced after the campaign launch. The photo contest, which took off from the successful biodiversity recognition campaign last year, drew entries that showed the beauty of Philippine biodiversity.
“The contest challenged individuals to come up with ways on how to protect biodiversity. The goal is not only to snap a picture of the beauty of nature, but to teach individuals the value of biodiversity,” Dr. Lim said.