successful wetlands conservation efforts -

* Calabanga

* Palompon

* Apo Island * Zamboanguita
* Lapinig * Bantay Dagat
government agencies working on wetlands -
Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau
Laguna Lake Development Authority
Palawan Council for Sustainable Development
Release of 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species reveals ongoing decline of the status of plants and animals!
Waterbirds Around the World
This publication is an impressive tome for policy makers and on-the-ground wetland conservationists.
Each paper in this publication can be downloaded individually in PDF format

Fish for Tomorrow, the theme this year  is one that touches everyone... it is making sure that there will be fish for the future.
That is the message that the Wetlands Caravan was promoting to Taal Lake.
A public hearing / consultation was held on 25 & 26 January 2007 in the towns of Sta. Teresita and Talisay, respectively had discussed the proposed Unified Rules and Regulations for Fisheries on Taal Volcano Protected Landscape.  The event had marked the celebration of the World Wetlands Day 2007.
The Wetlands Caravan aimed 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.
The Wetlands Caravan: The Evolving CEPA Action Plan for the Wise Use of Philippine Wetlands was launched simultaneously on 02 February 2006 at the Visitors' Center of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center (North Ave., Quezon City) and in Tawi-Tawi.

The Wetlands Caravan made its first stop at Laguna de Bay on 23 May 2006.  CLEAR had brought together stakeholders from lakeshore communities  of Cavinti, Lumban, Lucban, Magdalena, and Pagsanjan to exchange information and discuss emerging issues relevant to the conservation of Laguna de Bay.  It focused on Ecotourism in the area as an opportunity for sustainable livelihood.
Its second stop was in TawiTawi.  On 19 & 20 September 2006, the TawiTawi Economic and Environment Summit was held in Bongao.  The gathering was held aiming to harmonize, consolidate, integrate economic and environmental framework plan to serve as developmental direction of the province of TawiTawi.
The CLEAR Ecological Camp graduates from the municipalities of Tanay, Los Baņos and Lumban, and cities of Muntinlupa  and San Pablo gathered again to share knowledge and experiences in their lake conservation efforts.  The CLEAR Youth Network Congress this year was held in Punta Verde Resort & Convention Center (Pansol, Calamba, Laguna) on 14-15 July 2007.

Last year, the CLEAR Youth Network Congress was held on 03 June 2006 at the University of Rizal System campus in Tanay, Rizal.  Coinciding with the celebration of the UN World Environment Day and the Philippine Environment Month, the CLEAR Ecological Camp graduates from the municipalities of Tanay, Los Baņos and Lumban, and Muntinlupa City gathered to strengthen the youth partnership and plan common activities towards conservation of Laguna de Bay.  It was followed by seed collection activity at the URS campus.

Our youth partner from Los Baņos, the Youth Circle, had initiated the conduct of the Community Lake Monitoring Network in their municipality.  A workshop on CLMN was held on 19 September 2006 among the members of the organization, and their first sampling was done on 14 October 2006.  This was undertaken under the supervision of Ms. Jennifer Sunga, the adviser/moderator of YC.  This was a follow-through activity of the CLEAR Youth Network which aimed at harnessing the potential of lakeshore communities in monitoring the water quality of Laguna de Bay.  It also aimed to help increase the awareness of the community of the importance of the lake in their daily lives.
On 05 August 2006, the Kilos Kabataan Para sa Lawa graduates in Muntinlupa City started their 8-week sampling - monitoring the water quality of Laguna de Bay.  Undertaken under the supervision of Ms. Yvonne Alba, the adviser/moderator of Young Science Enthusiasts of Pedro E. Diaz High School of Muntinlupa City, 35 student members of YSE took part in the first water sampling for CLEAR Community Lake Monitoring Network.
An eco-camping was held  on 18 to 20 April 2006 for the youth of Lumban, Laguna.  Aiming to increase awareness and involvement of the youth in the conservation and protection of Laguna de Bay, fifteen high school students from three schools of Lumban participated in the camping.
A second eco-camping was held the same year on 25 to 27 October 2006 for the youth of San Pablo City.  Twenty-nine high school students from various schools in the city participated in the camping.
The 11th Living Lakes Conference was hosted by China on 29 October to 03 November 2006 at Nanchang City.
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