Climate change

August 29, 2019

GOVERNMENT officials, scientists and researchers have adopted what experts described as a meaningful resolution which aims to help address the adverse effects of climate change.

The landmark resolution was adopted by participants to the first-ever ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Bamboo Congress held in the Philippines from August 12 to 19.

The gathering of experts, including Filipinos, was organized by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The resolution calls for the creation of the ASEAN Bamboo Network, which is tasked to explore the vast potentials of bamboo for environmental sustainability and economic resiliency.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, a former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), described the resolution as a “decisive output” of the five-day conference.

Cimatu said the international gathering brought together experts within the ASEAN region, as well as representatives from the World Bamboo Organization, Brazil, Qatar and Peru.

“With this resolution, we are assuring that we will put our utmost endeavors in the continuous research and development in bamboo production technologies,” said the DENR secretary.

Bamboo is a versatile renewable resource that protects the environment, improves the microclimate, controls soil erosion, protects riverbanks, and serves as windbreak.

But the participants also acknowledged that promoting bamboo for climate change adaptation and mitigation entails innate challenges that need science-based decision-making.

Thus, the creation of the ASEAN Bamboo Network is a move in the right direction considering the worsening of climate change, which is brought about by society’s addiction to fossil fuels.