DENR VI celebrates World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day February  2019

In celebration of the World Wetlands Day on February 02, 2019, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) VI will conduct a Bird Watching Activity in Brgy. Tubigan, Zarraga. This is to foster love of birds and fowls which depend on the existence of wetlands for their survival.Through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD), a lecturette on the importance of wetlands will be conducted.

An environmenal photo exhibit will also be installed for the students of Zarraga National High School, showcasing climate change and importance of wetlands. A poster-making and slogan-making contests among students will be conducted on the same day.

This year’s theme: “We are not powerless against climate change. Stop Draining Wetlands”, is anchored on the importance of wetlands to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

These activities aim to increase the awareness and knowledge of the community in wetlands. The Department wants to impart this knowledge especially among the youth that wetlands play a vital role in providing homes for countless species of animals and plants and sustain our environment and people with its ecosystems services such as water, food, medicines and many others.

Wetlands are areas where the environment and the associated plant and animal life are controlled by water, like areas of marsh, fen, peat land or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt.

This ecosystem plays a critical part in our natural environment for protecting our shores from wave action, reduce impacts of floods, absorb pollutants and improve water quality. Wetlands also provide habitat for animals and plants and many contain a wide diversity of life, supporting plants and animals that are found nowhere else.

Nowadays, wetlands are at risk. Human activities like wetlands conversion to commercial, residential, aquaculture and other uses; uncontrolled groundwater extraction, pollution, contamination and poor drainage threaten wetlands while sea level rise, drought, earthquakes, typhoons and soil erosion are the natural threats to wetlands.

To prevent the loss of our wetlands, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is making the necessary actions for reclaiming, protecting and preserving the health of our existing wetlands.

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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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