DENR: Protecting marine biodiversity, answer to food security
In a report by the Manila Times, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that rehabilitation of oceans and marine biodiversity is the answer to issues on food security.
DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Theresa Lim said in a radio interview, “We have to rehabilitate our seas to secure its ability to produce sufficient food supply for the current and future generations. If we lose them, we will lose our supply of food and other needs,”
DENR propagates this year’s theme, “Biodiversity for Food SeaCUREity,” in line with the celebration of Month of the Ocean. The theme stresses the significance of aquatic and marine resources to local food security, and how the environment plays a role in nurturing productive bodies of water.
“Our oceans are part of ecosystems diversity together with forests, islands and seas which include mangroves, sea grass beds, coral reefs and mud flats. All these should be cared for because they have their own vital functions and roles in the development of the agriculture and fisheries sectors and other marine-based livelihood”, Lim said.
The director also insinuated fight against illegal fishing methods, and said that fishermen should be mindful of the long-term effects of these acts. Being an archipelago, Filipinos should be primarily concerned about marine biodiversity, she added.