‘Selfies’ for biodiversity

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Put your selfies to good use and help save Mother Earth

Put your selfies to good use and help save Mother Earth

DENR, GIZ opens 2nd environmental photo contest
BIODIVERSITY has been receiving so much attention these days, thanks to the growing number of cause-oriented groups and individuals fighting to promote sustainable developments and ecosystems. With the onset of climate change, many also now recognize the challenges facing biodiversity.

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Photos and videos have catalogued these changes, but rarely do we see pro-active developments to incite people to action.

This year, the Philippines is once again in the world spotlight as it seeks to implement developments to mitigate the impact of climate change. The country continues to pick up the pieces more than one year after Super Typhoon Yolanda destroyed lives and damaged further vulnerable ecosystems.

“Biodiversity is not only a variety of life, but also a way of life. That is why there is a need to take charge of protecting biodiversity. Sometimes, we only bask in the beauty of nature, but rarely do we take efforts to protect the wildlife endemic to the Philippines and their natural habitats,” said Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim, director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB).

Last year, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, through DENR-BMB organized a contest for photography enthusiasts called “Selfie for Biodiversity.” The entries captured biodiversity at its best, while at the same time inspired people to act.

The contest is part of the celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD), proclaimed by the United Nations as a day to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues. This year’s theme is Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.

A major player in this celebration is the Philippines, home to a number of endemic wild flora and fauna and vulnerable ecosystems.

The GIZ, and DENR-BMB challenges stakeholders once again to create a lasting impact on the protection of biodiversity.

To sustain the public’s interest on biodiversity issues, the GIZ and the DENR-BMB are calling on participants to join once again its “Selfie Take 2 for Biodiversity,” which requires participants to submit “selfies” that show commitments and efforts to protect biodiversity.

The photo should tell a story about efforts, campaigns, programs covering diverse topics under biodiversity—food production, water protection, climate change mitigation, ecosystem-based solutions in cities, and many more. A few examples include coastal clean-ups, estero cleaning, and massive tree-planting, among others.

“We are happy to partner anew with GIZ to increase awareness on the protection of biodiversity. We need more stakeholders to join us in this campaign, a difficult challenge to attain sans the help of other sectors,” Dr. Lim said.

Several activities have been also been lined up for this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity. Some 120 students from Manila school districts will be gathered in a summer camp on May 19 to 21 at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, which is aimed at fostering biodiversity awareness among the youth.

A Biodiversity Advocacy Campaign and Logo will also be launched on May 22. Grand prizes include trips to Palawan and Mt. Pulag for two.

To know the contest’s complete mechanics, visit www.facebook.com/biodiversitychallenge

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