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BSWM highlights role in addressing desertification

(The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – As the observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification approaches, country parties to the United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) agree that the soil is a key for securing water, energy and building resilience to climate change.

With this year’s theme “Healthy soils sustain your life: Lets go land-degradation neutral,” the role of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) as the national focal agency to UNCCD is now put in the limelight.

BSWM takes the lead in fulfilling the country’s obligation to the UNCCD.

The BSWM’s role will be enhanced with the agency’s selection as the chair of the subcommittees on land and water under the Committee on Conservation and Management Resource and Development (CCMRD) of the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD).

The sub-committees will serve as venues for consultation to put together country position, to discuss technical and policy issues on land and water, and to prepare national country reports.

Both subcommittees as reorganized will consist of 25 core member-institution/organizations who will attend the regular meeting, and 30 expanded members who will be on call depending on the issues and agenda that will be discussed on the table.

“Putting new life to these sub-committees and assigning the chairmanship to BSWM will greatly help us to fulfill our commitment to the to the UNCCD and to implement the updated Philippine National Action Plan (NAP) to combat DLDD(2010-2020); the plan being land and water center,” according to Silvino Tejada, BSWM executive director and national focal point of UNCCD Phillipines.

The first Philippine NAP was formulated in August 2004 covering the period 2004-2010.

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Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.
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