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Ramsar Bulletin

Celebrating Water and Wetlands
                                                  -  A Family Day!


02 February 2003
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center
North / Quezon Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City

      In this year's celebration, as in the past years, the activities had been largely adapted to the theme appropriately chosen by the Ramsar Secretariat - "No Wetlands, No Water".   It aimed to communicate the importance of wetlands as a vital component of the freshwater cycle.  The sub-themes that the celebration took as messages for its information campaign were:

freshwater, is there enough?
water for ecosystems?
wetlands, water and poverty eradication

     Since it fell on a Sunday, the activities revolved around the family.   The World Wetlands Day was celebrated at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center.   To attract more people to the celebration, the entrance fee was waived for that day.  The park was thus filled with many people who took part in the world wetland day activities.  The celebration commenced with the holding of a holy mass/prayer at the park's grotto, right beside the park's lake.  It was followed by a mini-concert featuring local artists, such as Hibla, Music Harmony and First Light Chorale, who helped drum up support for wetlands conservation.

     In support of the activities and to promote wetlands conservation among the park visitors, signages were put up all over the park. 

families paying tribute to wetlands. . . 

 making music for wetlands. . . 

To the Friends of the Society who helped to make the events possible and successful -

BMP Environment and Community Care
Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas
Philippine Association of Environmental Assessors and Professionals
Philippine Sustainable Development Network Foundation, Inc.
Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau

and to our CLEAR partners:
Laguna Lake Development Authority
Unilever Philippines

Thank you!