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Philippines: Environment ministers agree to protect migratory species

World2017-10-25

By APD writer Melo M. Acuna MANILA, Oct. 25(APD) – High-ranking government environment officials and a number of representatives from international oranizations, business groups and civil society agreed to protect migratory species of wild animals “recognizing them as a resource shared by all nations.” In a statement released today by the Philippines’ Environment and Natural Resources Department, the consensus was reached at a high-level discussion before the 12th Session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS-COP12) which will end on Saturday, October 28 in Manila. Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said he hopes the international forum attended by environmental leaders from over 120 countries will serve as “catalyst in bringing wildlife to the center eof sustainable development, for the mutual benefit of wildlife and humankind.” He said the mere presence of the conference delegates is a manifestation of their government’s and organization’s concerns to urgently strengthen existing programs for the conservation of migratory species and “formulate new measures to ensure their continuing survival.” The event was attended by CMS executive director Bradnee Chambers, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) Secretary General John Scanlon and Convention on Biological Diversity Executive Secretary Cristina Pasca Palmer. Also in attendance are ministers and dignitaries from Africa, North and South America, Asia and Europe along with chief officers of international non-government organizations and representatives of civil society organizations. Secretary Cimatu, a former military general, said President Rodrigo Duterte was “ecstatic” that the event, dubbed as the world’s largest conference on wildlife this year is held for the first time in Asia, particularly the Philipines. It was during the hihg-level panel discussion that environmental leaders recognized migratory species as “shared resource” thereby underscoring the need for “collaboration across all countries in their migratory routes.” They also discussed the need of providing alternative and income-generating livelihood to communities that may be affected by a ban in hunting activities in some countries. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD writer Melo M. Acuna

MANILA, Oct. 25(APD) – High-ranking government environment officials and a number of representatives from international oranizations, business groups and civil society agreed to protect migratory species of wild animals “recognizing them as a resource shared by all nations.”

In a statement released today by the Philippines’ Environment and Natural Resources Department, the consensus was reached at a high-level discussion before the 12th Session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS-COP12) which will end on Saturday, October 28 in Manila.

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said he hopes the international forum attended by environmental leaders from over 120 countries will serve as “catalyst in bringing wildlife to the center eof sustainable development, for the mutual benefit of wildlife and humankind.”

He said the mere presence of the conference delegates is a manifestation of their government’s and organization’s concerns to urgently strengthen existing programs for the conservation of migratory species and “formulate new measures to ensure their continuing survival.”

The event was attended by CMS executive director Bradnee Chambers, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) Secretary General John Scanlon and Convention on Biological Diversity Executive Secretary Cristina Pasca Palmer.

Also in attendance are ministers and dignitaries from Africa, North and South America, Asia and Europe along with chief officers of international non-government organizations and representatives of civil society organizations.

Secretary Cimatu, a former military general, said President Rodrigo Duterte was “ecstatic” that the event, dubbed as the world’s largest conference on wildlife this year is held for the first time in Asia, particularly the Philipines.

It was during the hihg-level panel discussion that environmental leaders recognized migratory species as “shared resource” thereby underscoring the need for “collaboration across all countries in their migratory routes.”

They also discussed the need of providing alternative and income-generating livelihood to communities that may be affected by a ban in hunting activities in some countries.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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