DENR 6 proposes developments for Capiz' ecotourism area

Photo shows the ecotourism site in Brgy. San Julian, Tapaz Capiz covered by its verdant trees and flora, and surrounded by the crystal clear waters of its river which supports diverse wildlife species.

 

A four hundred-hectare area in Capiz province is being eyed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 to be developed as an eco-park and eco-tourist spot.

This is in line with the Department’s implementation of the Sustainable Integrated Area and Development (SIAD), a program framework aimed at alleviating poverty in the countryside. The provincial office of DENR in Capiz has already conducted a site visit and ocular inspection recently in Brgy. San Julian, Tapaz, the proposed area for ecotourism.

The proposed 400-hectare area covers the four barangays of San Julian, Taslan, Sta. Ana and San Antonio. The program is being supported by a Tapaz municipal ordinance in order to ensure that the local government unit of Tapaz, the DENR 6 and the community leaders will take on the role of providing sustainable livelihood while at the same time, teaching the people in the communities about environmental conservation.

LGU Tapaz plans will document the socio-economic condition of the said four barangays before, during and after the project to gauge the impact of SIAD.

           Part of the initiative is to improve the ecosystem by enrichment planting of indigenous forest tree species. The area mainly composed of forests and inland waters will be established as a sustainable agriculture farming system through contouring and planting of high-valued crops and fruit trees.

          The dam that provides water for irrigation downstream for the rice lands will be improved by building infrastructures and facilities without compromising the existing beauty of the area.

           Furthermore, bamboo production will be showcased in the area that will be planted with different bamboo species and shall provide raw materials for bamboo industry as part of the expanded National Greening Program (eNGP). The bamboo plantation, once full grown, will also support the efforts for climate change mitigation.

           The eco-park and eco-tourist spot will serve as a demonstration area for the DENR 6 together with its partners to determine the outcome of the efforts on ‘green economy’ without compromising the ecosystem and at the same time attract local and international tourists.

            Regional Director Jim O Sampulna is determined that the proposed developments will benefit the people in the area, and in the process create model sites of Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) in the pursuit of social justice and human development.

“The DENR, as the primary agency in advancing environmental innovations, promotes efforts for a ‘green economy’ in our country. Aside from providing sustainable livelihood to the local folks, we must also teach them about environmental conservation. This will allow them to benefit from the resources of the environment and at the same time become stewards of mother earth,” said Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.

 “By providing livelihood opportunities to people of Tapaz, we might be able to reduce incidence of violence due to poverty and hunger,” he added.

           Sustainable Integrated Area Development or (SIAD) offers significant opportunities for local executives, planners, decision makers in government, civil society, and business. SIAD helps develop a comprehensive and more realistic approach to poverty eradication where there is respect for nature and value adding in resources, and where people benefit from the resources of the place.

 

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DENR 6 conducts activities for World Wetlands Day 2019

 

In celebration of World Wetlands Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6 through its Conservation and Development Division (CDD) conducted a Bird Watching Activity in Barangay Tubigan, Zarraga, Iloilo last February 02, 2019.

The DENR CDD prepared the needed equipment including binoculars and telescopes for the students of Zarraga National High School to closely spot the birds. The students enjoyed the environment and were amazed seeing hosts of different species of migratory birds hovering and wading along the area.

Migratory birds sighted in the area were Black winged-stilt, Egrets, Heron and Moorhen.

After the Bird Watching Activity, the CDD team conducted a lecturette on climate change and the importance of wetlands. It was followed by a Poster and Slogan Making contest among students to showcase their creativity and skills. Also, an Environmental Photo exhibit was installed by the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) for the students, showcasing climate change and birds found in wetlands.

“Wetlands and Climate Chang’ is the theme of the World Wetlands Day 2019. The theme demonstrate the important of wetlands  to mitigate the impacts of climate change and have a sustainable environment. It also has a sub-theme which states: “We are not powerless against climate change. Stop Draining Wetlands.

The activities aim to teach the youth to protect and appreciate wetlands in our ecosystem as they play a critical part in our natural environment for protecting our shores, reducing of floods, absorbing pollutants, improving water quality and serving as habitat for animals.

The Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla Jr. was happy to note that the birds seen in Brgy. Tubigan signify that there are abundant food and a comfortable climate for the migratory birds. Moreover, the DENR is hoping to continuously maintain our wetlands ecosystem for its valuable contribution in fighting the effects of climate change.

Scaling-up of coastal and marine ecosystem and clean water project are anchored on the ten (10) priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

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