Posted on April 23, 2005 - 11:28pm :: ISD-Philippines | Nature
By Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan
April 22-23, 2005 | BusinessWorld - Manila, Philippines

TF! Editorial Comment: A study of ecology always leads to a greater appreciation of interconnections and interdependencies--in short, the wisdom of nature. In the article below, the under-appreciated role of filter feeders (like whale sharks) as the water cleaners in marine ecosystems is highlighted with a plea for their conservation . . . and thus our salvation.
Posted on April 9, 2005 - 5:00pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Nature
By Jun P. Tagalog, Robert Leonoras and Jeehan V. Fernandez
April 2, 2005 | Businessworld

TF! Editorial Comment: The continued depletion of marine resources around the country, a negative trend in many of the world's coastal areas, stands in stark contrast to the general assumption of the limitless bounty of the seas. The article describes the considerable efforts that need to be undertaken by civil society organizations, local governments and indeed all stakeholders in order to ensure that coastal resources are not irretrievably lost, with consequent loss of livelihood, nutrition and environmental services among others. As an archipelago, the Philippines needs more groups like the Visayan Sea Squadron to stand up in defense of coastal ecology both for the present and future generations.
Posted on March 12, 2005 - 3:42pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Nature
By Artha Kira Paredes
March 7, 2005 | Inquirer News Service

TF! Editorial Comment: Historically, the legal system is a codification of long-standing cultural practices and hence a mere formalization of community values and practices. This link is sometimes more clearly visible amongst indigenous peoples where community social structures are still intact. In the article below, an indigenous community in Abra still practices a form of governance and self-determination that is deeply rooted in principles of stewardship and participation--principles that have ensured effective forest conservation. It is one more example of successful community-based resource management where true responsibility for the environment becomes a shared endeavor.
Posted on March 12, 2005 - 3:41pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Nature
March 7, 2005 | The Philippine STAR

TF! Editorial Comment: The spread of sustainable agricultural approaches in the country is a source of hope. The move away from practices that damage the health of people and nature is one step towards a more sustainable rural development. In the article below, outreach and extension efforts in the field of conservation farming are "bearing fruit" as farmers realize the benefits of working with nature to make sloping lands more productive.
Posted on March 5, 2005 - 1:31pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Nature
By Tina Arceo-Dumlao
March 1, 2005 | Inquirer News Service

TF! Editorial Comment: Throughout the country, artisinal fisherfold and farmers are faced with dwindling fish catches and exhausted soils. Years of unsustainable practices have taken a toll on the ecological systems that once gave such abundant life. Fortunately, some communities are beginning to see the light and an increasing number of effective, community-based programs are slowly building a conservation ethos among those who depend and sea and soil for their livelihoods. As the article below describes, a fishing community in Samar is discovering alternatives to destructive practices and awakening to the benefits of maintaining healthy ecosystems.