2006
 

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Ramsar bulletin
Quezon City
Tawi-Tawi coastal area

Launching of -

02 February 2006
Visitors' Center, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center
North/Quezon Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City

Wetlands Caravan Logo
      In celebration of the World Wetlands Day, the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands (SCPW), in cooperation with the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), launched the Wetlands Caravan: The Evolving CEPA Action Plan for the Wise Use of Philippine Wetlands.

      The Wetlands Caravan aims to work with the communities in coming up with localized action plans in achieving the Ramsar Convention's goal of "wise use of wetlands".  It is envisioned to be the venue for exchanging information, building capacities and sharing best practices among different communities.  

     To kick off the Wetlands Caravan, four wetlands sites were identified that will pilot-test the preparation of local CEPA Action Plan using the approach introduced by the Wetlands Caravan: Laguna de Bay, Taal Lake, Candaba Swamps, and Tawi-Tawi coastal area. 

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more about the WETLANDS CARAVAN

World Wetlands Day in Tawi-Tawi
Tawi-Tawi Coastal Area, Mindanao
02 February 2006

      The World Wetlands Day celebration in Tawi-Tawi was spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.  The SCPW, through its former President, Mr. Filemon Romero, was one of the organizers and sponsors of the event.  The Wetlands Caravan was simultaneously launched as part of the celebration of the World Wetlands Day.  Several coastal communities in Tawi-Tawi joined in the celebration.

      Tawi-Tawi has been one focus of this celebration because it has one of the most important coastal wetlands in the Philippines because of its rich biodiversity and extensive mangrove, seagrass and coral reef ecosystems.  However, this is also one of the most threatened wetlands due to destructive fishing activities, quarrying of corals, over-harvesting of mangrove forests, brought about by the increasing coastal population.

      There were presentations on various topics such as the state of the Philippine environment; importance, values and benefits from wetlands, and what the youth can do to protect our wetlands.  These aimed to mobilize the youth into action through undertaking activities towards wetlands conservation work.  This information and dissemination campaigns were done in different schools in Bongao, Languyan and Sitangkai.

      A quiz show and a poster making contest were also held as part of the celebration.  The quiz bee aimed to test the knowledge acquired by the youth on wetlands, the Philippine environment and marine biodiversity.  The poster making contest capped the final activity for the day, allowing the children to express their understanding of wetlands in artistic form.

     To raise the awareness of the community on the values and benefits of wetlands, prominent environment management persons made themselves available for interview in radio programs of DXGD and Radio ng Bayan.  PENRO Hadji Jonel Moh. Monel and Prof. Filemon G. Romero of WWF and SCPW explained on air the importance of wetlands and the rationale of the celebration.

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

to our CLEAR partner, Unilever Philippines

( Quezon City )
Philippine Sustainable Development Network Foundation
Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau

( Tawi-Tawi )
Bantay Dagat Foundation,  Sagip Dagat Program
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (ARMM)
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ARMM)
Local Governments of Sitangkai, Mapun, Laguyan and Bongao
Mindanao State University - Tawi-Tawi
Tawi-Tawi Divers Club
WWF Philippines


Thank you!