DENR-11 celebrates World Wetlands Day

Anchored on the theme “Urban wetlands making cities liveable“, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) celebrates World Wetlands Day with a field exposure at Malagos Watershed and conduct of lecture series activities to highlight the importance of wetlands and its significance to biodiversity.

With the aim to intensify its information drive on wetlands and biodiversity, DENR-XI Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan urged all DENR field offices in the region to conduct various Information, Education, Communication (IEC) campaigns in their respective provinces.

“We need to continue to strengthen our campaigns on the importance of wetlands and biodiversity to further strengthen community awareness and participation when it comes to environmental protection and preservation,” she said.

Tawantawan also stressed that through these IEC campaigns, the Department aims to highlight the interrelatedness of wetlands to other ecosystems as well as promote clean water, clean air and enhanced biodiversity as these are among the 10 priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every February 2 each year which also marks the date when Ramsar Convention was signed in Ramsar, Iran in 1971.  The said Convention is an international treaty that calls for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise-use of wetlands and their resources.

This year’s theme emphasizes the many benefits of urban wetlands that make cities liveable.  Among these benefits are sources of food and water, reduce flooding, filter waste and improve water quality, improve urban air quality, promote human well-being and enable people to earn a living.

Wetlands are among the world’s productive environment as they are the cradles of biodiversity providing among others water, rice and fish.  These are areas of marsh, fen, rice fields, fishponds, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salty, including areas of marine water the depth of which a t low tide does not exceed six meters.