DENR Chief Cites Role of Science For Healthy Marine Environment
May 20 - December 31
ENVIRONMENT and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu highlighted the role of ocean science as a key to spurring relevant behavior change towards the marine environment.
“Through science, we learn about the biodiversity that thrives in our oceans, its functions, potentials, risks, and opportunities. The present state of the ocean, the threats to it, and its proper management are all governed by science,” Cimatu said in a statement highlighting the country’s celebration of the “Month of the Ocean” 2021 in May.
The Philippines’s Month of the Ocean is celebrated annually in May by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 57 signed by then-President Joseph Estrada in 1998. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources spearhead its observance.
With this year’s theme “The Science We Need for the Ocean We Want,” the DENR said it takes inspiration from the banner message of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). The message aims to “strengthen the international cooperation needed to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society.”
Cimatu acknowledged the significance of a science-based approach to change people’s mindsets for the ocean’s protection and conservation.
“For many years now prior to this global health crisis, our oceans were already under threat. Human action that has resulted in climate change, marine pollution and loss of marine species forces us to make behavior shifts to reverse the ocean’s declining health,” he explained.