The Climate Reality Project Philippines would like thank the Secretariat, Scientific Council and Standing Committee of the Convention for the untiring work for the conservation of our planet’s migratory species of wild animals. Commendable is the participation and collaboration of parties, non-parties, and observers, our indigenous peoples communities and the civil society. With deep appreciation to the host, the Republic of the Philippines, for the leadership and hospitality.
We all know that we now risk losing up 50% of all land-based species this century (Stern 2006) and populations of marine vertebrates declined 49% on average from 1970 to 2012 (Colarossi 2015).
As a result of climate crisis, land-based animal and plant species are now moving poleward at a rate of 15 feet per day. These rates are approximately two to three times faster than previously reported. Rapid average shifts derive from a wide diversity of responses by individual species (Chen, et al. 2011).
Climate change is, indeed, a threat to migration patterns and life cycles of our wild animals. It is, therefore, worth to note that the Parties of this Convention adopted decisions relating to climate change. Further, though the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has been discussed and acted upon in this Conference, we recognize the need of Parties to engage more actively in the processes of the said convention. Strategic efforts are to be made to integrate the outcomes of this Conference in the conversations, modalities, and means of implementation of the Paris Agreement.
We fully support the Manila Declaration on Sustainable Development and Migratory Species; however, we will greatly appreciate, with so much respect to all Parties, to include and highlight climate change in this very important document.
Thank you very much and congratulations to everyone for this successful Conference.
-Rodne R. Galicha (Country Manager, The Climate Reality Project Philippines)