Posted on February 26, 2005 - 9:07pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Politics
Bong S. Sarmiento
February 21, 2005 | Mindanews

TF! Editorial Comment: It is a seemingly rare occurrence when government, either at the local or national level, directly and aggressively supports an alternative development initiative like sustainable agriculture. Yet even government cannot remain blind to the long-term benefits of a shift to sustainable agriculture for poverty alleviation, environmental protection, food security and rural development. In the article below, South Cotabato is mobilizing resources and expertise to promote organic agriculture among farmers to encourage a shift away from unsustainable chemical intensive methods.
Posted on February 19, 2005 - 10:52pm :: Nature | Politics | ISD-World Affairs
Stephen Leahy
Feb 11, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: Much of corporate agribusiness continues to view food production as like any other manufacturing process. This utilitarian and one-sided commercial view is at odds with the multidimensional and ecological concepts of agriculture. An example of this dichotomy is found in the article below that discusses political efforts to unleash the "terminator" technology of genetically engineering crops to produce sterile seeds.
Posted on November 6, 2004 - 1:12pm :: ISD-Philippines | Politics
By Francis Y. Capistrano
October 30, 2004 | Businessworld

TF! Editorial Comment: The externalities of many industrial activities often include environmental as well as health impacts, the costs of which are shifted to society. Environmental impact analysis is supposed to be a stop gap measure to identify and mitigate these impacts but until a genuine sustainable development framework is adopted, major gaps will continue to surface. As discussed in the article below, a roundtable discussion amongst government, civil society and private sector panelists pointed to the lack of coordination and a basic lack of prioritization on integrating health and environment issues, especially when it comes to policy making.
Posted on October 16, 2004 - 1:02pm :: ISD-Philippines | Nature | Politics
By Benny G. Enriquez
October 10, 2004 | The Philippine STAR

TF! Editorial Comment: In the case of natural resource management, decision-makers are increasingly recognizing the need to evolve effective community-based approaches. In the article below, Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources is trying to upscale their community-based forest management initiatives. It remains to be seen if effective monitoring and evaluation protocols involving civil society and business leaders can prevent the program from becoming another boondoggle, or worse, another avenue for exploitation.
Posted on October 16, 2004 - 12:55pm :: ISD-Philippines | Politics
October 07, 2004 | SunStar

TF! Editorial Comment: Of all communal natural resources, fishing grounds perhaps remain among the biggest challenges to sustainable local governance, due in part, to the unclarities regarding resource access, sustainable yield, and management and enforcement efforts. As fisheries decline, competition for dwindling resources is pitting artisinal fisherfolk against commercial operations and threatening fragile ecosystems. The article below highlights the government's challenges in undertaking a framework plan and a management structure--key process components. But past experience has shown that civil society participation and community-based resource management approaches are vital ingredients for success.