Mr Heherson T Alvarez, Commissioner, Climate Change Commission, Philippines

Mr Heherson T Alvarez was elected two terms of 12 years in the Philippine Senate and chaired the Environment Committee for 1O years (1987–98). He negotiated the Healthy Air Pact, which removed lead and reduced sulfur from transport fuel; authored the Clean Air Act and the Solid Waste Management Act. His series of public statements warned of the disastrous impact of global warming and climate change and made environment a major national concern. He convened the 1st Asia Pacific Leaders Conference on Climate Change participated by Ministers of 32 countries in February 1995, before the 1st COP Conference in Berlin. He crafted the Framework Strategy on Climate Change of the Climate Change Commission, and is a Commissioner. He was Minister of Agrarian Reform, after the overthrow of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986, Secretary of Environment, Secretary of Overseas Filipino Communities. He studied Liberal Arts and Law at the University of the Philippines and has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, USA.

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