Philippines and UK Deepen Collaboration on Climate and Biodiversity

The Philippines and the United Kingdom have agreed to deepen their collaboration across climate and biodiversity priorities.

In a joint statement, the British Embassy in Manila and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said the two countries committed to strengthening their partnership during the fourth annual UK-Philippines Climate and Environment Dialogue held last March 25 in Makati City.

British Ambassador to the Philippines Laure Beaufils expressed pride in the strong partnership between the UK and the Philippines, especially in climate and biodiversity.

“Over the last year, we have delivered great things together – supporting people across the country to adapt to the unavoidable consequences of climate change, driving an uptick in renewable energy, investing in biodiversity through nature-based solutions including the conservation of mangroves and corals, and protecting wildlife ranging from Philippine pangolins to crocodiles. I’m absolutely delighted that, in this fourth Dialogue, we committed to do even more together,” she said.

On top of existing partnerships, Beaufils said the UK will also focus on growing the Blue Economy through the Blue Planet Fund by formulating a country-specific plan to support marine protected areas and other effective conservation measures, including the reduction of marine pollution, and managing sustainable fisheries.

The dialogue also set the direction for 2025, with the scaling of coordination platforms to share experience and technology, streamlining of priorities, and strengthening delivery.

Beaufils also assured that the UK will support the Energy Transition Council, Blue Carbon Action Plan, and National Plastics Action Plan in the coming year.

At the end of the dialogue, both countries agreed to establish a clear engagement approach on critical issues, such as loss and damage, disaster risk financing, and the blue economy, while the UK reinforced its commitment to advancing its work in said areas moving forward and delivering tangible progress in the years ahead.