Philippines Climate Change Commissioner, Nadarev Sano, who recently gained international attention for his impassioned speech at the opening of the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, has been one of the most outspoken champions of the use of the Ecological Footprint.
Through our partnership with the Philippines’ Office of the President, Global Footprint Network has been raising awareness of the link between the Philippines’ ecological deficit and the well-being of its people. As part of the second phase of a three-part investigation of the Philippines’ Ecological Footprint and resource constraints, we’ve recently released the report Restoring Balance in Laguna Lake Region. In his foreword for the report, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III stated, “This report affirms our conviction that our natural resources must be sustainably managed not only for the sake of our country’s economic and social development but also for the greater resiliency of our people and the integrity of our ecosystems.” Launched in October in Manila with the support of the Australian Government’s Aid Program, and in collaboration with the Philippines Climate Change Commission, Laguna Lake Development Authority, Metro Manila Development Authority, the report reveals that the Philippines’ Laguna Lake region — home to economic epicenter Metro Manila and provinces vulnerable to climate change — faces a staggering ecological deficit as its population demands ecological resources and services 30 times faster than what the region can renewably supply.
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