Enactment of nat’l land use act pushed

Published June 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) on Wednesday called on lawmakers to pursue the passage of the National Land Use Act (NLUA) to prevent the overexploitation of soil due to unbridled human activity.

The NLUA, which seeks to ensure the sustainable and efficient use of the country’s land and physical resources, has been pending in Congress for two decades, according to the CCC.


Early this year, the CCC said that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) had initiated the drafting of an executive order that will institutionalize national land use planning in the country. This step was taken pending the enactment by Congress of the NLUA.

In observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17, the Commission urged the lawmakers to enact the NLUA, as it underscored the importance of behavioral change and policy interventions in ensuring the efficient and sustainable management of our lands.

In line with the theme of this year’s observance on food, feed and fiber, the CCC pointed out that changing consumption patterns and enacting the right policies could send a powerful signal to producers and suppliers of the change they need to make in order to thrive more sustainably.

In 2019, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Climate Change and Land revealed that the major drivers of desertification and climate change are the expansion of croplands, unsustainable land management practices, and increased pressure on land from population and income growth.

Based on the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by mid-century and could peak at nearly 11 billion by 2100.

By 2030, food production will require an additional 30 hectares of land while the fashion industry is projected to use an additional 35 percent of land or approximately 115 million hectares, according to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

Given these figures, the climate body emphasized that the shift to sustainable consumption and production is necessary to ensure a livable and thriving planet for the generations to come.

According to the CCC, there is a need to develop policies that will create an enabling environment for the private business sector to practice resource efficiency, establish sustainable supply chains, and adopt more efficient and sustainable land use and land management practices.