DENR-NCR celebrates World Wetlands Day
In time for the celebration of World Wetlands Day on February 2, 2014, the Coastal and Marine Management Division (CMMD) and Manila Bay Site Coordinating Office (MBSCO) of Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS), Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region (DENR-NCR), conducted a series of lectures about the importance and values of wetlands.
The week-long lecture series which ran from January 27 to February 5 was held in twenty four (24) public elementary schools from the cities of Las Piñas, Malabon, Manila, Navotas, Parañaque and Pasay.
The brainchild of CMMD Chief Teresa S. Salanguit, the lecture series was meant to raise public awareness about World Wetland Day and the reasons why we should continue celebrating it.
The lecture was able to reach out to a total of 1,507 students, mostly YES-O members and offices in their respective schools, 41% of whom are male and 59% female.
The teach-in covered the different types of wetlands, their ecological functions, and the many benefits people derive from its wise-use. Likewise, tackled are the threats our wetlands resources currently face and what we can do to protect and conserve wetland ecosystems.
World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year in the second day of February. The date marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (or simply, the “Ramsar Convention”) in Ramsar, Iran, on February 2, 1971.
The Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of our wetland resources.
The Philippines became a signatory to the Ramsar Convention in 1999 and, since then, has been celebrating World Wetlands Day and Philippine National Wetlands Day.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Wetlands & Agriculture: Partners for Growth”. Accordingly, the theme seeks stress on the important role of the wetlands in agriculture, especially as the former provide various ecosystem services to the latter thru its many biotic components.
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