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East Asia’s economically viable coastal habitats and ecosystems, including those of the Philippines, are under threat from pollution, alien invasive species, and other factors which could impact the region’s poverty levels unless urgent action is taken, the United Nations Environment Program (Unep) said in a new report.

“With nearly three quarters of the region’s population depending directly or indirectly on coastal areas, and with 80 percent of the region’s GDP linked to the coastal natural resources, the time must be right for factoring the marine environment into the center of economic planning,” said Unep executive director Achim Steiner.

The East Asian Seas State of the Marine Environment report said economically important coastal habitats and ecosystems are under pressure as 40 percent of coral reefs and half of all mangroves have already been lost. Coral reefs generate an estimated $112.5 billion and mangroves $5.1 billion annually.

The East Asian Seas—which includes the region between China, the Republic of Korea, and Australia—have some of the world’s highest concentrations of shipping and fishing vessel activity. They account for 50 percent of global fisheries production and 80 percent of global aquaculture production.

“These ocean ecosystems are a critical lifeline for the region’s economies and people. You can say that the health of these oceans and their ecosystems is very much tied to the economic health of these countries and well-being of their citizens,” said Chou Loke Ming, author of the report produced by Unep’s Coordinating Body of the Seas of East Asia (Cobsea).

Ming noted that the East Asian Seas account for 30 percent of the world’s seas under national jurisdiction and called on the governments in the region—which also include Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam—to have a major role in maintaining effective stewardship of the marine environment.

The report recommended a more systematic and integrated approach to managing coastal and oceanic issues, including improved data collection and management, and economic incentives to encourage private sector involvement in environmental protection efforts.

“Such actions can support better decision-making, national assessments of coastal and ocean resources and conditions, [and] enhanced public private partnerships,” the report stated.

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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010, 02:21:00 AM »
I have spken myself with severa resident natives residing in Panglao's BGY. Doljol and the ones who I have spoken with are very oppossed of the recclamation.

Dave Bailey an foreign national from the UK who manages the Oasis Resort on Alona Beach was heard over station DYTR airing his veiws regarding the Reclammation and he said he beleives the idea is very bad as it will destroy Gods natural habitat and beauty and destroy the population of fish.

Dave also suggested that opinions should come from a professional outfit who can honestly study the advantages and disadvantages of such a project rather then having persons speak and hold rallies who have a personal interest such as property owners in the area where it would take place in Panglao.

Boy Guing hosting the show in where Dave spoke "Cuentas Claris" on DYTR AM asked Dave where he thought as a foreigner if Dave had the right to voice his opinion about a Philippine issue? Keep in mind people Dave has invested a business here he has every right to say something and this is a free countrry meaning it should not be discriminate.



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