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Climate change mitigation is critical for socio-economic planning, according to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).

MANILA, Philippines — To fulfill the country’s 2040 aim of eradicating extreme poverty, climate change adaptation and mitigation must be prioritized in socioeconomic planning, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

“Addressing the triple planetary catastrophe (climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution) has risen to the top of our development priority list. Climate change adaptation and mitigation must be placed at the heart of socioeconomic planning if we are to eradicate extreme poverty in the Philippines by 2040 and leave a better planet for our children and grandchildren, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said at the Philippine Environment Science Summit 2022.

Chua stated that immediate action is required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the Paris Agreement’s aim of reducing global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in the face of climate change.

He went on to say that the health of terrestrial and marine ecosystems has been rapidly decreasing.

The third planetary catastrophe, pollution, and waste is defined by Chua as a “toxic trail of economic progress” that causes millions of terrestrial and marine animals, as well as people, to die prematurely.

NEDA has proposed that the theme of the next Philippine Development Plan be saving our planet, saving our country,’ in response to the triple planetary catastrophe, according to Chua.

The Philippine Action Plan for Sustainable Consumption and Production (PAP4SCP) was created by the government to provide a guiding framework for the transition to sustainable and climate-smart practices and behaviors across sectors, according to the NEDA chairman.

The PAP4SCP, according to Chua, can help with green recovery by incorporating circular economy ideas to achieve sustainable development goals.

NEDA has also established a ‘climate change community of practice’ within the organization to integrate all of the agency’s work programs and staff groups with the goal of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The Philippine government, according to Chua, would continue to focus on human capital development and equitable economic growth.

“If there is a big scale of disparity in the country, where the poor cannot afford to abolish, for example, the tingi (store) culture,” he said, “the country will be hard-pressed to solve pollution and shift to sustainable consumption and production.”

Chua also encouraged the audience to collaborate in order to address the “most important challenge of our day.”

“We’ve seen how a single crisis or calamity may derail our development significantly.” The only way to keep our economy growing is to ensure our country’s resilience to the effects of climate change… “If we are to leave a better planet for our descendants, each of you has a crucial responsibility to play,” he remarked.

The University of the Philippines Los Banos-School of Environmental Science and Management hosted the Philippine Environmental Science Summit 2022.

Educators from foreign and Philippine higher education institutions, government agencies, and non-governmental groups attended the event.

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