Manila, Philippines — The Laguna Lake, one of the largest inland bodies of water in Southeast Asia, is under a serious environmental threat. Considered as the primary source of food and livelihood in the region, Laguna Lake’s current resources is insufficient to meet the needs of its growing population, according to a new report launched in October 2013.
The report, titled Restoring Balance in Laguna Lake Region: 2013 Ecological Footprint Report, indicates that the communities surrounding Laguna Lake require more than 30 times the available natural resources the lake basin could provide. The report attributes this finding to rapid population growth, unsustainable resource-use practices in surrounding watersheds and widespread socioeconomic activities. The report suggests that unless the widening supply-demand gap on Laguna Lake’s ecological resources is addressed, it may lead to serious national implications.
A collaborative undertaking of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), Climate Change Commission (CCC), Global Footprint Network (GFN), Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the study aims to provide baseline data on the state of Laguna Lake and current trends on the consumption of its resources. Ultimately, the results of the study can be used to improve current practices and guide future initiatives and investments.
The report is part of the ongoing initiative of the GFN and the Philippine government, through the CCC, to adopt the concept of Ecological Footprint as a framework for ecological resource accounting in the Philippines.
Download the report from the LLDA website here: www.llda.gov.ph/dox/gfn/2013efr.pdf.