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"Developing a National Wetland CEPA Action Plan"
A Planning Workshop

02 February 2005
Visitors' Center of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center
North/Quezon Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City

        The Philippine focal points for the Ramsar CEPA Programme: the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands (for non-government concerns) and the Protected and Wildlife Bureau of DENR (for the government), had been holding CEPA (communication, education and public awareness) activities directed at promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

       This year, in time for the celebration of World Wetlands Day on 02 February 2005, a national workshop was conducted to craft the first draft of the National Wetlands CEPA  Action Plan.  Key stakeholders nationwide was invited to the workshop.

       The need to have a National Wetlands CEPA Action Plan is recognized so that all CEPA activities will be done in a more strategic manner in order to be more effective in catalyzing change towards promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands on a nationwide scale.  The formulation and implementation of National Wetlands CEPA Action Plan is viewed as an intervention that would not only reduce conflicts over wetland resources, but also increase the number of advocates, actors and networks involved in the issues, and build an informed decision-making and public constituency.

        The product of the workshop will then be subjected to consultation and will be put online (this site) for comments and discussion.  The final version is aimed to be completed in November 2005.

Poster Exhibit

        In support of the design competition organized by the architecture students of the University of the Philippines - Diliman, in partnership with the Society, an exhibit was set up at the lobby of the Visitors Center.  "Developing Lumban Delta as an Eco-Tourism Site" is a competition participated by 35 groups of architecture students from various architecture schools in Luzon.  The winning entries will be part of the exhibit in the coming 10th Living Lakes Conference in May 2005 at Tagaytay City, and will later be donated to the Municipal government of Lumban.

more on the Design Competition

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

Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau
Philippine Sustainable Development Network Foundation, Inc.
Cause Communication

to our CLEAR partner, Unilever Philippines
and to the
United Nations Development Programme

Thank you!