Australia’s Most Notable Solutions against Desertification, Land Degradation, and Drought

There is no singular solution for addressing land degradation and achieving ecological sustainability. The problems are numerous, varied and often site-specific and interrelated. Hence, Australia’s response has been to develop an integrated package of mutually reinforcing projects that recognize this complexity and to encourage conservation and remediation. The following are some of Australia’s projects that…

Life on Land: The Antecedents of Land Degradation

One of mankind’s most precious asset and usually overlooked is the ‘land’. But come to think of it, the land is the life source that provides us and our environment with important ecosystem services. It gives us food and shelter and it also holds the treasure of other important resources like oils, minerals, freshwater, and…

The Exportation Trade of Shark Fins in the Philippines

Sharks belong to the class of cartilaginous fishes called the Chondrichthyes in which other animals includes like Stingrays, Batoids, Chimaeras, and Sawfishes. Chondrichthyans has various socio-economic purposes and distinctively, these fishes provide meat and shark fins for human consumption [1]. A common delicacy using shark fins is the shark fin soup that became an important Chinese…

Barely Alive

A poem by Hans Kristofer Luke Mariano “Do you know how many times you have killed me? Do you know how many times you’ve slit my throat yet I still kept on saying all of my unacknowledged feelings inside me even if each word means I’d be inflicted with great excruciating pain? Do you know…

Philippines’ Top Exported Live Aquatic Animals in 2017

Charybdis feriata (Crucifix Crab) [1] Especially important in markets in East Asia, where it commands substantially higher premium prices being sold for USD 8.00 to USD 15.00 per kilogram. Occurs at depths from 30 to 60 m. It is distributed in subtropical and tropical climates. It is also usually found in shallow sandy or rocky…

Mountain Province

Sagada is a town within the Mountain Province of the Philippines which is rich in indigenous culture.  The municipality is also known for its natural wonders such as waterfalls, pine forests, rice terraces, lake, and caves. (Photo c/o Leonard Guerrero) With more than 60 caves in Sagada, the Sumaguing Cave has the biggest chamber and…

Zambales

Magalawa Island at Palauig, Zambales, Philippines. Magalawa is a 56-hectare isolated island on the west coast of Luzon that is best known for its white fine sand and its pristine sandbar. Magalawa Island   Magalawa Island Magalawa Island              

Import Risk Analysis: Live Pacific White Shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) transported from Thailand to the Philippines for Aquaculture

STATUS OF OIE-LISTED CRUSTACEAN DISEASES IN THAILAND Acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease Outbreaks of acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND) of shrimp began in China in 2009 and spread sequentially to Vietnam (2010),  Malaysia (2011), Thailand (2012), and Mexico (Thitamadee et al., 2015). Species susceptible to AHPND include giant tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon) and whiteleg shrimp (P….

Nueva Ecija

Isdaan Floating Restaurant at Talavera, Nueva Ecija. Aside from the delicious Filipino food, the ‘Isdaan’ also exhibits different sculptures – Asian statuaries, mystic animals, human effigies, and many more. Isdaan Floating Restaurant. The Philippine Carabao Center is an attached agency of the Deparment of Agriculture established to breed and cross carabao based on high-yield Murrah…