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DENR-NCR plants mangroves in celebration of World Wildlife Day 

March 3, 2018

 

The Conservation and Development Division (CDD), DENR-NCR spearheaded on Saturday, 03 March 2018, planting of mangroves at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) in celebration of World Wildlife Day.

Around 5,000 Rhizophora propagules were planted along the shorelines of Freedom Island facing Aguinaldo Highway in Parañaque City with the help of DENR-NCR personnel and Bakawan Warriors.

LPPCHEA is an important wildlife reserve in Metro Manila, serving as rest stop for migratory birds using the East Asian-Australasian Migratory Flyway. In 2013, LPPCHEA was recognized as a wetland of international importance by the Ramsar Convention, citing the role of the area in helping ensure the survival of threatened, restricted-range and congregatory species.

World Wildlife Day is celebrated every March 3 to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s animal and plant species. The theme for this year is “Big cats: predators under threat”.

While we don’t have big cats here in the Philippines, DENR-NCR “endeavours to celebrate World Wildlife Day in ways that it can to help spread awareness on the issue of protection of wildlife”, says Reynaldo M.T. Aguinaldo, Chief of the Coastal Resource and Foreshore Section (CRFS). “As important as protecting wild animals is, we need to ensure that they survive in the wild by protecting their habitats, hence the mangrove planting”, added Carlito P. Castañeda, OIC Chief of the Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Section (PAMBS). CRFS and PAMBS joined forces for the mangrove planting activity.