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PIA Press Release
2009/10/20

WWF lauds PGMA initiatives on climate change

Manila (20 October) -- The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), an international non-government organization with a mission to halt and reverse the destruction of environment, lauded President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for calling attention to climate charge and its effects on the environment.

In a courtesy call on the President Sunday night, WWF International Director General James P. Leape described typhoons Ondoy and.Pepeng as a horrifying reminder on what destructive forces climate change can unleash on the Philippines and the rest of the world.

He said that President Arroyo is adopting policies and initiatives designed to raise public awareness on the issue.

During the meeting, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap and Environment Secretary Lito Atienza joined the discussion on climate change and deliberated on what needs to be done in the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference slated to be held in Copenhagen in December.

Leape likewise praised the President for encouraging private sector participation in support of the Coral Triangle Initiatives.

The Philippine government is working closely with the Conservation International and WWF to identify priority projects to protect the Ocean.

The Coral Triangle is a geographical term that refers to the waters of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste that encompass 75 percent of all species known in the world.

President Arroyo, in May this year, signed the Coral Triangle Initiatives with the other five heads of state of Asia-Pacific Nations to address threats to the marine, coastal, and small island ecosystems within the Coral Triangle region. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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