Pacific Rim of Fire – Vulnerability as well as Opportunity

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KADUAMI Executive Director Roxanne Bans Veridiano explains the concept of Pacific Rim of Fire in the Participatory Action Research on Impacts of Climate Change in La Union.

The geographical location of the Philippines in the Pacific Rim of Fire is both a vulnerability and a blessing. A vulnerability because earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are frequent. The condition that we are an island nation can spell frequent flooding during monsoon and typhoon season.  It can be a blessing since the Pacific rim has given the island its rich mineral wealth making the Philippines the 5th most mineralized country in the world.

The monsoon rains means flooding which provide rich nutrients coming from the forests and mountains for the flood plains making these fertile for planting the main crops like rice, corn, vegetables and legumes.

 

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