Feb 2 is World Wetlands Day

This year’s theme for World Wetlands Day celebration is “Wetlands and Climate Change”. This theme highlights the importance of healthy and intact wetlands as a natural solution to reduce the impact of climate change such as sea-level rise, coral bleaching and changes in water temperature to name a few.

Wetlands are water ecosystem either permanent or seasonal. Its main function is to provide water storage, storm protection, flood mitigation, shoreline stabilization, and erosion control. Also, wetlands provide nurseries for coastal fisheries and provide sources of fish and food for humans as well as keep floodplain farmlands fertile.

World Wetlands Day (WWD) is observed on February 2 every year to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands on the planet. It also marks the date when Ramsar Convention was signed in Ramsar, Iran in 1971, adopting the Convention on Wetlands. This Convention is an international treaty that calls for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

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Naboc River Clean-up Drive Commences

Approximately 1,600 kilograms of wastes, mostly non-biodegradable, were collected during the clean-up activity in Brgy. Mt. Diwata and Brgy. Naboc in Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

The clean-up activity is one of the phases for the Naboc River rehabilitation. It was successfully done through the collective efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resource-XI through its Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENRO and CENROs) in ComVal. The activity was also participated in by various stakeholders composed of Barangay Local Government Unit, Philippine National Police, Philippine Army and other volunteers from the province.

This is the second clean-up activity conducted since Naboc River Rehabilitation program kicked off in mid-March 2019.

 

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