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DENR National Capital Region celebrates World Wetlands Day 2019

February 9, 2019

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) conducted a lecture-discussion and tree planting activity on Saturday, 9 February 2019 at the La Mesa Water Reservoir in Quezon City in celebration of World Wetlands Day.

The activity was participated by 100 youth leaders, educators, students and environmental advocates from Barangay New Era, Quezon City.

The lecture-discussion focused on the important role of wetland areas in mitigating and adapting to climate change. 

Wetlands are areas where water covers the soil, or is present either at or near the surface of the soil all year or for varying periods of time during the year, including during the growing season. In Metro Manila, we have three (3) known wetland areas. These are the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA); the Navotas Marine Tree Park (NMTP); and, the La Mesa Water Reservoir.

There are two types of wetlands: coastal and inland. La Mesa is an inland type of wetlands and helps absorbing excess rain water, reduce flooding and delay the onset of droughts. On the other hand, coastal wetlands like LPPCHEA and NMTP help protect coastal communities by absorbing the shock of storm surges and extreme weather events.

Another lecture dealt with the state of Manila Bay and the many ways ordinary citizens can contribute to its cleanup, preservation, and rehabilitation.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every 2nd of February to commemorate the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971. This year’s theme is “Wetlands and Climate Change.”