Cimatu says PH must invest in nature more
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said there is a need to invest in nature to provide cost-effective solutions to the country’s most pressing water challenges in the wake of environmental issues facing the world-famous Boracay Island.
“Let us spend to grow more trees to make our forests lusher, and our watersheds more productive. Let us exert more effort to clean up our rivers, lakes, beaches and seas, and to safeguard our aquifers, and to keep them clean,” Cimatu said during the national celebration of World Water Day (WWD).
WWD is observed annually in March to raise awareness about the importance of water and sustainable development.
This year’s theme, “Nature for Water”, emphasizes the potential for nature-based solutions (NbS) to address mounting water-related problems facing the planet.
Cimatu described the event as “very timely” as he spearheads government efforts to rehabilitate the pollution-challenged Boracay.
“Had the good practices of today’s awardees been replicated in Boracay, that world-famous tourist destination would not have been a cesspool,” Cimatu said.