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Population of waterbirds in NCR goes up by 58 percent
January 20, 2017
The Conservation and Development Division (CDD) of DENR-NCR noted an overall 58 percent increase in the number of waterbirds recorded in this year’s conduct of Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) in Metro Manila last January 18-20, 2017.
Mr. Rey M.T. Aguinaldo, AWC 2017 Team Leader, attributed the increase to the corresponding rise in the number of birds counted at Sitio Pulo, Barangay Tanza, Navotas City—one of the three sites regularly monitored by the regional office since 2004—as a result of the “decline of disturbance” in the area following “the relocation of all informal settlers last year”. A record high of 11,782 heads of birds were recorded this year, compared to 5,302 last year.
The AWC is an annual activity among countries within the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Network. It is part of a global waterbird monitoring programme coordinated by Wetlands International. DENR-NCR, in coordination with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the academe, regularly participates in the AWC. The other two monitoring sites in the region are the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA), Sitio Pulo, and Barangay Tagalag in Valenzuela City.
The AWC, according to Regional Director Lourdes C. Wagan, is an important conservation function of DENR-NCR. “Birds”, she explains, are “indicator species, and an influx of migratory birds visiting the region would suggest that efforts of the regional office to protect and conserve the environment are gaining grounds”.