World Wetlands Day celebration
Theme for 2014:
      Wetlands and Agriculture:
      Partners for Growth
Wetlands Caravan
The Evolving CEPA Action Plan
for the Wise Use of Philippine Wetlands
   
Wetlands Caravan The Wetlands Caravan  aims to work with the communities in achieving the Ramsar Convention's goal through localized action plans  that will help catalyze change in the people's behavior towards wetlands.
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The SCPW celebrated the World Wetlands Day around the concept of Wetlands Caravan.  The Wetlands Caravan for Wetlands and Agriculture, in support to this year's WWD theme "Wetlands and Agriculture - Partners for Growth",  gave an ideal opportunity to highlight the importance of wetlands in supporting agriculture.  Symposium on Agriculture, Wetlands and Water - Finding the Right Balance in Pampanga State Agricultural University and Symposium on Wetlands and Mariculture: Partners for Growth in Mindanao State University - Bongao were held in 03 February 2014 and 02 February 2014, respectively.
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Capacity Building for Wetlands Conservation

Increasing capacity of local communities
to sustain wetland conservation activities
in the Laguna de Bay Region and
Marikina-Pasig River Watershed
   
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The Project aimed to increase the capacity of local organizations to take actions for wetland conservation that will contribute to the effective management of natural and human-made disasters and help in implementing climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.  This is funded from a grant from The UPS Foundation.
The Launching and Orientation of the Project on 16 January 2014 at the Ortigas Foundation Library in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. 
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The Preparation and Organizational Profiling on 13 February 2014 at the Ortigas Foundation Library in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. 
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A Web Development and Management Training on 20 February 2014 at the Ortigas Foundation Library in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. 
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A Training on Organizational Readiness on 19-21 March 2014 in Pangil, Laguna. 
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The Tree-preneur Project
Rehabilitation of the Arayat Watershed
for the Protection of Candaba Wetlands
  

The Project to rehabilitate the Arayat watershed employs approaches and methods that are highly participatory, transparent, build on or complement existing and proposed effort and promote community empowerment.
Its objective is to minimize the degradation of the Arayat-Candaba watershed through restoration of habitats of important flora and fauna in the upland ecosystems.
The Project harnesses enthusiasm and energy of the community by training them to become "TREE-PRENEURS". 
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RECENT ACTIVITIES:
Payout for Tree-preneurs
11 July 2013 31 August 2013
12 November 2013 23 December 2013
Plantation Group  
Backyard Nursery Group  
Youth-In-Action for Disaster Risk Preparedness and Reduction
Resilience and Adaptation Strategies by the Youth
   
The project is implemented through the World Food Programme's Disaster Preparedness and Response Programme in municipalities of Rizal Pila and Mabitac, aiming to reduce the disaster risk faced by these municipalities through increased community participation and youth involvement.
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Inception Meeting on 14 March 2014 at the Munti-purpose Hall of College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines - Los Baños, Laguna. 
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Training of Traiors on 7-8 April 2014 at D'Hidden /Gabriel Resort in Pangil, Laguna. 
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Asian Regional Workshop on the Management of Wetlands and East Asian - Australasian Flyway Sites

The Workshop aimed to enhance the management capacities of wetland and flyway site managers through sharing and documentation of lessons learned and best practices in the conservation of wetlands of international importance, and of migratory waterbirds and their habitats.  This was held on 24-27 September 2013 at the Asian Institute of Management Conference Center in Makati City.
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C L E A R - Conservation of Laguna de Bay's Environment and Resources

CLEAR is a tripartite partnership of Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Laguna Lake Development Authority, and Unilever Philippines.
network logo The 8th CLEAR Youth Network Congress was held on 14-15 December 2013 in Pangil, Laguna.  The Congress' theme was "The Youth as Water Managers", focusing on World Wetlands Day 2013 theme "Wetlands and Water Management".  They key objective of this year's Congress was to raise the awareness of the Youth, particularly the CLEAR Youth Network members and their affiliates about the interdependence of water and wetlands and how they may contribute to the wise use of wetlands. 
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Pasyal Ilog Pasig Design Competition

Gawin Nating Pasyalan ang Ilog Pasig:
A Design Competition
 
A competition for future architects, designers, engineers and planners; aimed to highlight how green architecture and sustainable planning can help in restoring Pasig River as a destination in metropolitan Manila.  This was in partnership with the Architectural Students Association of the Philippines - University of the Philippines Chapter.
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Awarding of Winners
on 09 December 2013 at the Amphitheatre of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center.
Top three entries -
University of the Philippines - Diliman
De La Salle University - Dasmariñas
Batangas State University.
To the winners - CONGRATULATIONS!
 

    
 updates -
 
Wetlands in the Philippines was the topic discussed  at the Pamilya Mo, Pamilya Ko Program of Radio Veritas on 28 August 2013. Hosted by Bernard Canaberal, the program had Ms. Amy Lecciones of SCPW as the guest speaker.


Recognizing the Value of Wetlands is the focus of ASEAN Biodiversity (the magazine of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity) in its January - April 2013 issue (Volume 12, Number 1).  Wetlands of the Philippines by the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands is featured in its Special Reports.
Also featured in the Special Section is The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, REDD+ and Climate Change in mangrove ecosystems of Southeast Asia co-authored by Filiberto A. Pollisco, Jr., former president of SCPW.
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copy of the magazine

 

Strategies on Designing Coastal Cities

A Forum on Resilient Foreshore Architecture
  
  
A Knowledge Cafe at GT-Toyota Asian and Cultural Center Auditorium on 28 February 2014, aimed at learning about resilient foreshore structures and generating ideas that could contribute to solutions to the challenges posed by climate change-related calamities. This was in partnership with the Architectural Students' Association of the Philippines - Chapters of BulSU, TIP, TUP and UP. 

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Designated as an official Decade Project in the framework of the “United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development”

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Philippine government agencies working on wetlands -

  Protected Areas and
     Wildlife Bureau (DENR)

  Laguna Lake
     Development Authority

  Palawan Council for
     Sustainable Development

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