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.
Launching and Orientation
of the Project
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on 16 January 2014 at the Ortigas Foundation Library in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. 

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Preparation and
Organizational Profiling
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on 13 February 2014 at the Ortigas Foundation Library in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. 

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Web Development
and Management -
on 20 February 2014 at the Ortigas Foundation Library in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. 

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Organizational Readiness -
on 19-21 March 2014 in Pangil, Laguna. 

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Project Development
and Management
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on 7-9 May 2014 at Sierra Madre Resort in Tanay, Rizal. 

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Resource Mobilization
and Sustainability
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on 9-11 July 2014 at LeBlanc Resort in Antipolo, Rizal, and on 04 September 2014 at Ortigas Fdn. Library. 

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Communication and
Sharing of Best Practices
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on 13 - 14 Novembery 2014 at Ciudad Christia Resort in San Mateo, Rizal. 

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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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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.


The 9th CLEAR Youth Network Congress was held on 11-12 October 2014 in Tanay, Rizal.  The Congress' theme was "Disaster Risk Reduction through Solid Waste Management and Wetlands Conservation".  They key objective of this year's Congress was to harness the enthusiasm and creativity of the Youth, particularly the CLEAR Youth Network members and their affiliates to advocate and practice solid waste management and wetlands conservation in their schools and communities. 
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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 Trainors on 7-8 April 2014 at D'Hidden /Gabriel Resort in Pangil, Laguna. 
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Ecological Camp for the Youth of Mabitac on 9 -11 April 2014 at D'Hidden /Gabriel Resort in Pangil, Laguna. 
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Ecological Camp for the Youth of Rizal on 14 -16 May 2014 at Tierra de Oro Resort in San Pablo City. 
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Ecological Camp for the Youth of Pila on 6 - 8 August 2014 at Camp Allen in Santa Cruz, 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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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!
 

    

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Asia-Pacific Conference on Human Ecology of Island Resiliency and Sustainability

  
The Conference was a collaborative endeavour with a general aim of bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to share best practices and research results on the current status of initiatives, issues and challenges to island development for resiliency and sustainability in countries of the Asia-pacific region.

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Wetlands, Ecotourism and Biodiversity was one of the session topics in the parallel sessions. 
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14th Living Lakes Conference

Lakes in Densely-Populated Regions - Balance Between People and Nature
  


The 14th Living Lakes Conference in Nanchang/China
closes with strong commitment for protection of lakes worldwide. 350 delegates from 33 countries agreed to a common understanding on the urgency to foster the protection of lakes worldwide.

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Ms. Amy Lecciones, Mr. Jose Carlo Quintos and Ms. Adelina Santos Borja of SCPW were in Nanchang, China for the event.
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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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