DENR to intensify protection for ecosystems, communities vs climate change
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it will intensify the implementation of government programs aimed at enhancing resilience of ecosystems and communities amid the growing threats and likely impacts of climate change.
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu made this assurance as he presented to the public the accomplishments of the DENR among the other member-agencies of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCAM-DRR) during the past year.
Since July last year, Cimatu said the DENR has been working towards improving the country’s forest cover, rehabilitating mined-out areas, conserving coastal and marine resources, and enforcing environmental laws to help ecosystems and communities adapt to and mitigate the effects of changing climate.
“These programs undoubtedly show the government’s resolve to deal decisively with extreme weather events and disturbances so that environment and people can bounce back more easily from their negative impacts,” Cimatu said.
Cimatu said the government has shown its steadfastness in protecting the country’s water resources and fragile island ecosystems with its commitment to rehabilitate the pollution-challenged Boracay Island, which has been closed to tourists for six months since April 26.
So far, Cimatu said the DENR and other agencies involved in the rehabilitation have cleared a number of illegal structures built on areas classified as forestlands and wetlands.