The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) is holding a week-long information and education campaign (IEC) focusing on climate change and its looming threat.

Spearheaded by PCSD’s Environmentally Critical Areas Network-Education and Extension Division (ECAN-EED), the IEC started on November 19 and will conclude on  November 25 in selected coastal communities.

PCSD media specialist Katharine Camille Ann Villaos said the IEC is focusing on making sure that coastal communities become aware of the effects of climate change and global warming, citing their vulnerabilities such as rising sea level, depletion of mangrove areas, and effects on coral reefs and other marine resources.

“Na-discuss na rin kung paano ma-reduce ‘yong carbon footprint and the importance of mangroves to combat the sea level rise and avoidance of storm surges caused by stronger typhoons due to climate change,” she said.

Villaos said that the province’s overall mangrove situation is yet to be assessed, pointing out that the PCSD’s monitoring team is collecting data to further prove the effects of climate change locally.

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“We still campaign for the awareness na ang mangrove areas ay core zones or no-touch zones,” she added.

The IEC is held in observance of the 12th National Climate Change Consciousness Week pursuant to Proclamation No. 1667  to unite and engage people in climate actions and raise awareness on the immediate threats of the extreme changes in the world’s temperature.

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