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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