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PHILIPPINES TOOK PART IN GLOBE 2ND CLIMATE LEGISLATION SUMMIT

Author // Christopher Estallo

Congresswoman Susan Yap Shares the Philippines' Climate and Forests Legislation Initiatives

PHILIPPINES TOOK PART IN GLOBE 2ND CLIMATE LEGISLATION SUMMIT

GLOBE Philippines' Chair Congresswoman Susan Yap of Tarlac, 2nd District leads the Philippine delegation at the 2nd GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit held in the US Senate and World Bank in Washington DC on 27th to 28th February 2014. Over 132 legislators from 32 countries participated in the summit.

The Philippine delegation also includes GLOBE Philippines' Vice Chair for Luzon Congressman Agapito Guanlao of Butil Party list; and Chris Estallo, Director for the Philippines of GLOBE.

The Summit was part of the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) Climate Legislation Initiative and received the findings of the 4th Edition of the GLOBE Climate Legislation Study as well as overseeing the launch of the Partnership for Climate Legislation, a GLOBE initiative supported by the United Nations and the World Bank. US Senator Edward Markey hosted the opening high-level session.

GLOBE Philippines' Chair Congresswoman Susan Yap of Tarlac, 2nd District leads the Philippine delegation at the 2nd GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit held in the US Senate and World Bank in Washington DC on 27th to 28th February 2014. Over 132 legislators from 32 countries participated in the summit.

The Philippine delegation also includes GLOBE Philippines' Vice Chair for Luzon Congressman Agapito Guanlao of Butil Party list; and Chris Estallo, Director for the Philippines of GLOBE.

The Summit was part of the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) Climate Legislation Initiative and received the findings of the 4th Edition of the GLOBE Climate Legislation Study as well as overseeing the launch of the Partnership for Climate Legislation, a GLOBE initiative supported by the United Nations and the World Bank. US Senator Edward Markey hosted the opening high-level session.

Day two, hosted by the World Bank, included a dedicated discussion with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, about how the Bank could support legislators to advance legislation in developing countries. There was also a dedicated forests session involving legislators from both forest and non-forest countries, feeding into the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative and a legislator-led discussion to shape the agenda of the forthcoming 2nd World Summit of Legislators, to take place in the Mexican Congress from 6-8 June 2014.

In the forests session, Congresswoman Yap highlighted the role of forests in the context of climate change adaptation and building resilience. Representative Yap highlighted several recent developments related to REDD+ legislation in the Philippines, including the national Climate Change Act of 2009 and an Executive Order providing a moratorium on logging. Further legislative proposals to enhance REDD+ preparedness will be debated in Congress in 2014, including an Act to protect, conserve, utilize, develop and sustainably manage forest resources, and an Act providing for the protection, rehabilitation, and sustainable management of forest ecosystems.

Congressman Guanlao on the other hand stressed that agriculture and food security should not be missed out in the climate change discourse and moved that the matter be included in the 2nd World Summit of Legislators in Mexico, on June.

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Christopher Estallo

Christopher Estallo

Director for GLOBE Philippines

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