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WAVES Partnership Updates on Results of Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines
04.01.2016

The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has published an update on its activities, including information on country projects and publications from the Philippines and Australia.

The Philippines' WAVES team has released the findings of the Laguna Lake Basin and the Southern Palawan experimental ecosystem accounts, which underscore the need to strengthen national and local policies and the enforcement of environmental laws and regulations to protect natural ecosystems, manage scarce natural resources, and promote sustainable development. Findings from the Laguna Lake Basin conclude that: rapid and unplanned urban sprawl are major contributors to the degradation of the lake; household waste accounts for around 81% of lake pollution; and an increasing population along the lakeshore and greater soil erosion have increased flood risks. The results are expected to inform environmental impact assessments and cost-benefit analyses in order to strengthen ecosystem and natural resource management, as well as assist in preventing further degradation through policies aimed at strengthening water resource management, improving water quality, and aligning development plans and planning laws.

The final technical report on the experimental ecosystem accounts was released in December 2015: http://www.wavespartnership.org/en/knowledge-center/waves-annual-report-2015

Read more: http://nr.iisd.org/news/waves-partnership-updates-on-results-of-ecosystem-accounting-in-the-philippines/

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