Environmental Issue in the Philippines

2021 Words Aug 13th, 2013 9 Pages
Conclusion : Environmental Issues in the Philippines The Philippines is prone to natural disasters, particularly typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis, lying as it does astride the typhoon belt, in the active volcanic region known as the "Pacific Ring of Fire," and in the geologically unstable region between the Pacific and Eurasian tectonic plates. The Philippines also suffers major human-caused environmental degradation aggravated by a high annual population growth rate, including loss of agricultural lands,deforestation,soil erosion, air and water pollution, improper disposal of solid and toxic wastes, loss of coral reefs, mismanagement and abuse of coastal resources, and overfishing. …show more content…
Mismanagement of fisheries resources is estimated to cost US$ 420 million annually in lost revenues.At the root of the overfishing problem is weak fisheries management, ineffective policies and poor enforcement of fishery laws.Philippine seas supply food for the whole country and livelihood for millions of people. Fisheries are economically, culturally, socially and ecologically important to all Filipinos. These resources are in crisis as evidenced by the declining fish catch, size and species composition around the country. The current condition of fisheries in the Philippines and worldwide is bleak. Overfishing, illegal fishing and habitat destruction combined with increased demand for fish and population growth continue to drive fisheries production into a deeper abyss. Seemingly impossible just 20 years ago, protein deficiency among fishing communities is now increasing at an alarming rate
CORE PROBLEMS|CONTRIBUTING FACTORS|
· Loss of marine biodiversity · Declining fish stocks · Loss of revenues and benefits from fisheries and coastal resources|Overfishing · Illegal and destructive fishing · Coastal and habitat degradation · Siltation and pollution · Post-harvest losses · Inefficient marketing|
· Inequitable distribution of benefits from fisheries and coastal resource uses|Open access · Inter- and intra-sectoral conflicts · Low awareness and participation in
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