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marine conservation

17 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Philippine Government

I Support the Protection of Philippine Rise

WHY PROTECT THE PHILIPPINE RISE? 1.       The Philippine Rise is Philippine territory.  A large part of the region is within the country's 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf. In April 2012, the Extended Continental Shelf claim of the Philippines was approved by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).  According to the 1987 Constitution, all areas for which the Philippines has sovereignty or jurisdiction are considered legally part of the National Territory. As Benham Rise fits this definition – the region is definitely considered as Philippine territory. 2.       It nearly doubles the size of the Philippines. The area of Benham Rise within the Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf of the Philippines is 11.4 million hectares while the Extended Continental Shelf is 13 million hectares. The region spans over 24 million hectares, compared with the 30 million hectare total land area of the Philippines – meaning our territory grew significantly. 3.       Benham Bank, the shallowest portion of the Philippine Rise, is a spawning area. Preliminary research conducted by scientists as early as 2013 revealed that Benham Bank is a spawning ground for assorted fish.  4.       The Philippine Rise is possibly the only place in the Philippines where coral cover hovers around 100% and is a likely source of larval spawn for corals and reef fish.    What must be done:  1.       As an immediate response, the Philippine government should issue an order declaring Benham Bank, the shallowest portion of the Philippine Rise, as a no-take zone, meaning no fishing, mining or drilling activities can take place on or around it, ensuring protection. 2.      Oceana recommends the immediate creation of a Management Framework for the Philippine Rise as a precautionary approach for development to ensure that we conserve the resources of the Philippine Rise while asserting our sovereignty. Further research should be done to ensure the area is developed sustainably. 3.      Oceana agrees with the government that “Benham Rise (now called the Philippine Rise) belongs to the Filipino people," as reiterated by Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella. Abella continued: "The Philippine government is duty-bound to defend and protect our sovereign and territorial rights over this region. Other countries can exercise innocent passage and territorial navigation. But they are disallowed to stay and establish any structure in the area."   By signing this petition, you are showing your support for the protection of the Philippine Rise. Please share this on your social media accounts to spread the word and encourage others!

Oceana Philippines
4,231 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Mr. Robert A. Iger (CEO of The Walt Disney Company) (CEO of The Walt Disney Company)

Save The Chinese White Dolphin!

Can you believe that this unique pink dolphin species is in danger of extinction? The Chinese White Dolphin is presently found in the waters of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Estuary of China. As of 2012, there were only 61 individuals observed off the coast of Hong Kong, a 60% decrease from 158 dolphins in 2003.  These dolphins are currently being threatened by land reclamation (a process of reclaiming land from the sea) within their habitat, that will pave the way to build a third runway for the Hong Kong International Airport.  This construction will not only cause devastating habitat loss for the vulnerable Chinese White Dolphin but it will greatly increase water and noise pollution, as well as fatal boating strikes as land is reclaimed from the environment. Many people do not know that such a species of dolphins exists in this part of the world but also many people do not know that there is a Hong Kong Disneyland that has been open to the public since 2005, located right in the vicinity of the dolphins.  Disney states on their website that they have a "commitment to the planet", striving to conserve the environment and "protect more than 400 species".  Hong Kong Disneyland is jointly owned by the Walt Disney Company and the government of Hong Kong.  Together, we should petition Disney to take a stand about this species of dolphin and attempt to reverse the Hong Kong government’s decision to proceed with the third runway construction.  The consequence of undergoing the construction will most assuredly be tragic for this unique dolphin species. Let Disney know that you do not want them to remain silent and that you want the Chinese White Dolphins to be protected. My name is Michael Tobet.  I am the author of a book entitled "Pink Dolphins of the World, Symbols of Global Change", which educates and empowers children, and in turn their parents, to help save the environment of pink dolphins and elsewhere around the world.  Please sign this petition and help to save these dolphins before it is too late.    

Save the Chinese White Dolphin!
3,003 supporters