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ASEAN addresses environment issues

November 12, 2006

By Irene R. Sino-Cruz
Inquirer, Nov. 11, 2006

LAPU-LAPU CITY – Environment ministers of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Saturday agreed to further enhance regional cooperation to protect the environment, promote biodiversity, and deal with cross-border problems such as forest fire haze and the illegal trade in wildlife.

In a Cebu Resolution on Sustainable Development, adopted at the end of the two-day 10th Asean Ministerial Meeting on the Environment held at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Island Resort and Spa, the environment ministers also expressed full support for the recently established Asean Center for Biodiversity, which is hosted by the Philippines.

The Mactan meeting is a prelude to the 12th Asean Summit in December which will be held in Cebu.

In the resolution, the ministers agreed to pursue the listing of Asean Heritage Parks as a way to manage the region’s rich biological resources.

In the Philippines, there are four Asean Heritage Parks: The Mt. Apo Natural Park in Davao Oriental, the Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park in Mindoro, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan, and the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park in Sulu.

(For the full story, click Asean environment).

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