“The unthinkable events of 2020 pushed many of us to reflect and reexamine our relationship with nature as it becomes even clearer that the loss and degradation of biodiversity undermines the web of life and increases the risk of disease spillover from wildlife to people. In 2021, it is time that we shift our next gear and take action.” (Philippine Information Agency, 2021)
The start of 2021 marks the commencement of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Its goal is the prevention, termination, and reversal of environmental destruction while resolving poverty, fighting climate change, and preventing mass extinction. The ASEAN region is known for its rich biodiversity but is also now a hotspot for climate change, hence a number of its member countries have started to take decisive action.
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