PH Programs 'Green' Impact Cited
NEW DELHI, India - Philippine priority areas of investment - tourism, agriculture, and infrastructure - cited recently by President Benigno Aquino III in Davos have extraordinary impact with the country's quest for a green economy.
This was stressed yesterday by Commissioner Heherson T. Alvarez of the Climate Change Commission in a speech at the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS 2013) in India during a gathering of international political, environment, business and science leaders who sought to define the global challenge of resource efficient growth and development.
The three-day summit is organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) under Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, who also chairs the UN Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. TERI was ranked 20 in the list of top global think tanks on environment and 16 in top global think tanks on science and technology.
Underscoring efforts to optimize green economic benefits, Alvarez cited river basin development, climate-smart agriculture, and black carbon mitigation as major examples of the Philippine drive to gradually shift to a green economy.
Pointing out that the Philippines has 412 river basins in 119 proclaimed watersheds, with a combined area constituting 70 percent of our land mass, Alvarez said President Aquino last year issued an Executive Order giving priority development to 18 major river basins.
Through a multi-faceted, long-term strategy called "Integrated and Ecosystem-based River Basin Management Project," it started with the development of Cagayan River, the largest and longest river in northern Luzon. …