The Coral Triangle (CT) is a geographical area that represents the global epicenter of marine life and biodiversity, with the Philippines located at the “center of the center” of world marine biodiversity. However, the marine resources of the Philippines and the region have been faced with threats of unsustainable fishing practices, land-based pollution and coastal development, including the growing threat of climate change.
Fisheries remain highly important to the Philippine economy, particularly to poor communities that depend on small-scale fishing for livelihood. Even with catch rates that are among the lowest in the world, the country ranks 8th worldwide in total fish production.
In November 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the U.S. Government (USG) and the Philippine Climate Change Commission (CCC) to further cooperation under the Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) program with the goal being to support LEDS development in the Philippines.
As a country that is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, the Philippines prioritizes climate change adaptation, developing climate resilience, and disaster risk reduction and management. While the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions may increase, it is still relatively a low-emitter and does not have any required commitment to lower its emissions.
Climate change poses an increasing threat to sustainable economic and energy development. The growing concerns on the massive environmental destruction arising from climate change generated significant political momentum for action on greenhouse gas emissions.
Last updated: September 26, 2014