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The Philippines: Ten years from RIO

The Philippines had already translated the concept of sustainable development into strategy, as early as 1989, when the idea of a Rio Summit had barely entered the pipeline of UN resolutions. The country was one of the first to do a debt-for-nature swap. And much earlier on played a significant role in the predecessor conference in the 1992 Earth Summit and UN conference on Human environment that triggered a good number of environmental legislations during the martial law years.

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