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Philippines relinquishes Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) presidency to Ethiopia

By Amelia M. Fermia - Project Assistant III
August 22, 2016

To fortify activism against the increasing socioeconomic and environmental vulnerabilities caused by climate change, the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) held a series of high-level activities including the ceremonial turnover of CVF presidency from the Philippines to Ethiopia at the Senate of the Philippines on August 15, 2016.

The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) is among the invited delegates of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) of the Philippines to witness its high-level policy forum and launching of the low carbon monitor during the Philippines' historic 18-month presidency of the 43 members states - a group of countries that are critically affected by the adverse effects of global warming.

In the culminating activity held by the ministers of the countries forming the CVF, OIC Director of Climate and Water Department of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Dr. Mannava V.K. Sivakumar presented the impacts of climate change on agriculture and strategies to ensure economic development of agriculture sector.

Findings on the new research was also presented indicating development by emerging economies would be optimized if global temperature increase was held below 1.5°C.

"Under the Ethiopian presidency of the CVF will be vocal, visionary, visible and vigilant in our work to limit the rise of global temperature to 1.5°C," Minister of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change of Ethiopia Dr. Shiferaw Teklamariam Menbacho said.

As a response to the findings, Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the CCC of the Philippines, said that bending the global warming curve to 1.5°C is a moral imperative because it means saving the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people and also ensuring the integrity of the ecosystems.

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