DENR chief: RP ‘very much at risk’ from climate change

Last updated 09:25pm (Mla time) 06/22/2007

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is “very much at risk,” particularly its agriculture and fishery sectors, in the face of climate change, Environment Secretary Angelo Reyes said, even as he expressed optimism that the country could enforce measures to mitigate the effects of global warming.


Reyes cited efforts in reforestation, solid waste recycling and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, but added that results were contingent on Filipinos’ taking concrete steps to avert an environmental crisis.


The Philippine archipelago has many low-lying areas and islands that are in danger of being wiped out by rising tides, Reyes noted.


“The phenomenon could also wreak havoc on areas that are susceptible to flooding, mudslides and landslides because the Philippines is also a country of steep slopes and rugged mountains,” he said.


Reyes added that global temperature was expected to rise by six degrees Fahrenheit in the next 50-100 years.


“Water level is also expected to rise from six inches to two feet during this period,” he said.


Reyes cited the Green Army Network Foundation for its support to the government’s campaign against environmental destruction.


The Green Army Network Foundation is a coalition of communities, private sector, nongovernmental and public organizations and volunteer organizations that banded together to protect, preserve and restore the country’s environment.With


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