New approaches in dealing with climate change and disasters should be promoted to protect the environment and help reap development benefits, Senator Loren Legarda said.
Legarda, chair of the Committee on Climate Change, explained that the country should work on improving the state of the environment to make the Philippines among the top 20 economies over the next four decades.She explained that one way to improve the situation is to start looking at how existing initiatives like the National Greening Program and the Integrated Coastal Management Program can be implemented fully.
The National Greening Program, which was officially launched in May 2011, aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of land by 2016.
For 2011, 89.6 million seedlings have been planted nationwide, while in 2012, a total of 125.6 million seedlings were planted.
“In parallel, we need to look at how sometimes a greener approach can be a more resilient approach,” she said. PNA