P42M ear­marked for DENR-7 pro­grams

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The na­tional gov­ern­ment has al­lot­ted P42 mil­lion for the new pro­grams of the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR-7) this year.

The bud­get is in­tended to im­prove the coastal and ma­rine ecosys­tem, in­clud­ing ma­rine pro­tected ar­eas, lo­cally-man­aged ma­rine pro­tected ar­eas, ma­rine key bio­di­ver­sity ar­eas, and mu­nic­i­pal waters in Cen­tral Visayas, through in­ten­si­fied coastal cleanup drive, among oth­ers.

The agency's Coastal and Ma­rine Ecosys­tem Man­age­ment Pro­gram (CMEMP), which was just cre­ated this year with a 10-year time­line, will over­see the pro­grams.

“What makes the pro­gram dis­tinct from pre­vi­ous ones is that CMEMP uses science-based ap­proach and forms in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity of var­i­ous coastal and ma­rine re­sources,” said Lorenz Gideon Es­mero, DENR-7 ecosys­tem man­age­ment spe­cial­ist.

Es­mero said the pro­grams will fol­low dif­fer­ent ap­proaches, such as in­te­grated coastal man­age­ment; part­ner­ship build­ing; eco­tourism and sus­tain­able tourism; pro­tec­tion, man­age­ment and law en­force­ment; valu­a­tion of ecosys­tems ser­vices; and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and pub­lic aware­ness.

Un­der the as­pect of pub­lic aware­ness is the re­gion­wide coastal cleanup drive.

Yes­ter­day, the world cel­e­brated the 32nd In­ter­na­tional Coastal Cleanup (ICC) through the con­duct of coastal cleanup ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Philip­pines, in­clud­ing Re­gion 7, joined the ini­tia­tive since the early 1990s.

Queen Aloyan, fo­cal per­son of DENR7's ICC 2017, said the ICC is the world's largest ef­fort for ma­rine pro­tec­tion and con­ser­va­tion.

Im­proper garbage dis­posal and in­ef­fec­tive solid waste man­age­ment are among the fac­tors con­tribut­ing to de­struc­tion of coastal and ma­rine re­sources.

Es­mero also iden­ti­fied poor garbage dis­posal as one of the an­thro­pogenic threats.

“This needs to be ad­dressed to im­prove the health of the coastal and ma­rine ecosys­tems,” she said.

That is why, Es­mero said, the pri­mary goal of CMEMP is to man­age and re­duce the driv­ers and threats of the degra­da­tion of the coastal and ma­rine ecosys­tems.

He added that by ad­dress­ing these press­ing con­cerns, peo­ple can achieve sus­tain­abil­ity of ecosys­tem ser­vices, food se­cu­rity and cli­mate change re­siliency.

May B. Mi­asco/KBQ

FILE PHOTO

The coastal area of South Road Prop­er­ties in Cebu City is cleaned up by per­son­nel of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Ser­vices.

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