DENR: partnership is key to biodiversity protection

100826-r10-denrQUEZON CITY, November 4 (PIA): If biodiversity is a child, then it will take the whole village to raise and protect it.

The ancient African adage seemed to reflect the sentiments of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) when it commended the people and the local governments of Palawan for working together to protect the island province’s biodiversity including ecological wonders.

“Protecting the country’s biodiversity and natural wonders are key elements of effective local governance,” Secretary Ramon Paje Jr. said, “the alliances forged between the local government and the people to develop a system of best practices that they can undertake within their jurisdictions without harming nature.”

Secretary Paje made the statement after travel magazine Conde Nast named Palawan as this year’s “Best Island in the World” which edged out usual destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, and the Kangaroo and Whitsunday Islands in Australia; Maui, Kauai and Big Islands in Hawaii; and Santorini and Cyclades in Greece.

“Behind Palawan’s wonders are its main actors — its citizens. This recognition bears testimony to the level of environmental maturity and leadership displayed by its people and local executives, ” Paje said. 

For Secretary Paje, Palawan is “a living laboratory of sustainability” that other provinces may follow.  

Among the ecological gems of Palawan are the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Natural Park, Cagayancillo’s Tubbataha Reef, Coron Caves and the beaches of El Nido. (LP)

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