Programs on climate change mitigation to be implemented-A A +A
Saturday, February 16, 2013
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), and Department of Agriculture (DA) continue to implement programs which are geared in reducing carbon emissions and climate change mitigation.
According to DENR Regional Executive Director Manolito Ragub, addressing climate change remains a top priority of the department considering that the Philippines is among the countries in the world most vulnerable to the global phenomenon given the number of deadly typhoons that visit the country every year.
Ragub said that mitigating and adapting to climate change have long been inherent in the mandated functions of the DENR since the country has been considered as one of the most vulnerable to its adverse effects.
“The 2013 Global Climate Risk Index shows that the Philippines placed fourth among 190 countries around the world that have suffered the most extreme weather events such as flooding and storms over the past 20 years,” Ragub said.
Ragub also said that their office has undertaken initiatives to reduce carbon emissions through reforestation and other tree-planting projects, and anti-air pollution programs.
“DENR is now drawing up fresh action plans to meet its target to plant trees on some 300,000 hectares for 2013 under the National Greening Program, which aims to cover some 1.5 million hectares with trees by 2016,” Ragub said.
“The massive tree-planting could lessen the impact of global warming due to carbon dioxide emissions” Ragub added.
He emphasized that reforestation reduces carbon emissions because trees absorb carbon dioxide, which is one of the major contributing elements to the greenhouse effect that causes climate change. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)