The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 is joining in the global efforts to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for the community and the environment by celebrating World Wetlands Day on February 2.

 

Observed annually, World Wetland’s Day marks the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance on February 2, 1971 in Ramsar City, Iran. This also coincides with the celebration of the National Wetlands Day as provided under Proclamation No. 74 dated February 2, 1999.

 

Wetlands for a sustainable urban future” highlights this year’s celebration of World Wetland’s Day. This focuses on important ways wetlands make cities liveable. They reduce flooding, replenish drinking water, filter waste, provide urban green spaces and sources of livelihood. This year’s theme also seeks to highlight the importance of integrating wetlands into a city’s sustainable future planning and development.

 

To create awareness and raise public awareness on the value of wetlands and its vital link to human well-being, DENR 8 has lined-up several activities including lectures for students, forum for local communities, dialogue with local government units, and an urban wetland field trip for local media practitioners. Participants to said activities will be encouraged to initiate support actions for the protection and preservation of the region’s urban wetlands.

 

DENR 8 Regional Director Crizaldy Barcelo enjoins the public to actively support efforts towards the conservation and wise use of wetlands such as lakes, swamps, dams, marshes, mudlflats, mangroves, coral reefs or any land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally. “Value our wetlands. These help build community resilience, and provide numerous beneficial services to the people and the environment”, he says. ###

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DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu (in black coat) officiates the turn-over ceremony from outgoing RD Arleigh J. Adorable to incoming RD Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo lights the Flame of Sportsmanship to formally start the DENR Sportsfest 2017.

DENR 8’s ARD for Management Services Arturo N. Salazar presents Updates on Government Policy on Climate Change during the 2nd Regional Climate Change Conference conducted by PH Haiyan Cooperative in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission.

Mangrove forest and eco-park in Naungan, Ormoc City developed by the Naungan San Juan Mangrove Planters Association from what used to be a plain mudflat.

DENR 8 technical personnel record and monitor sightings of migratory birds in the wetlands of Eastern Visayas.

Residents of Brgy. Tagpuro join the mangrove tree planting activity spearheaded by the PH Haiyan Advocacy Cooperative.

CIMATU INSPECTS CONFISCATED ENDANGERED SPECIES. Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu inspects the confiscated sulfur crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita) at the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City with BMB Director Theresa Mundita Lim (beside Cimatu). Three species of the cockatoos including the moluccan cockatoo (cacatua moluccensis) and the black palm cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) totaling 154 heads were confiscated by the joint forces of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade (DENR POGI) and the National Bureau of Investigation Environmental Crime Division in a buy-bust operation in Pasay City. The cockatoo is considered an endangered species and is listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Its trade should be subject to a CITES export permit from the country of origin and a CITES import permit from the country of destination. A total of 316 heads of species were confiscated in the successful operation.

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