ENVIRONMENT Secretary Roy Cimatu yesterday said the Philippines is all set to host the world’s largest wildlife conference aimed at protecting migratory species and their habitats.
The six-day international conference will start from October 23 to 28 in Manila where over 900 delegates from 124 member-countries are expected to participate.
With a theme “Their Future is Our Future -- Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People,” the gathering is the largest in 2017 and a high level meeting of environment leaders, including ministers of member-countries and executives of international organizations and goodwill ambassadors.
The leaders will discuss interlinkages between sustainable development and the conservation of wildlife with special focus on migratory species and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Cimatu said the Philippine delegation headed by the DENR will push for the inclusion of five migratory wildlife species to the CMS appendices, namely the Whale shark, Christmas frigatebird, White-spotted wedgefish, Black Noddy and the Yellow Bunting.
He said the event will serve as an opportunity for the country to call for more protection for migratory sites and species, particularly the Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus), or locally known as Butanding.