World Wetlands Day 2018

In celebration of the 2018 World Wetlands Day (WWD), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 led a simultaneous community discussion, coastal clean-up and mangrove planting to various identified critical coastal and wetland areas in Central Visayas.


“According to our DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu this year’s celebration should focus on enhancing the knowledge of communities about the conservation and preservation of wetlands, so we are reaching out to our local communities especially those living near coastal and wetland areas to help us and support programs that would protect, conserve and sustain our wetland areas,” said DENR 7 Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales.


February 2 of every year is observed globally and in the Philippines as Wetlands Day to give significance on the value of wetlands to human beings as they act as water purification systems, regulate flow and precipitation, flood control and provide shoreline stability.


Mahaba Island, Calituban, Talibon Bohol


This year’s celebration is consistent to the theme, “Wetlands for Sustainable Urban Future – Making Urban Cities Livable” to highlight the impacts and relevance of wetland conservation to the lives and livelihood of the urban community.


 Upper De La Paz, Cortes, Bohol


The holding of the World Wetlands Day (WWD) activities in Central Visayas were conducted in Mahaba Island in Calituban, Talibon; Sambawan Spring, Upper De La Paz, Cortes in Bohol; Cabugan in Bindoy, Negros Oriental; Luyang, Carmen, Cebu; Enrique Villanueva in Siquijor; and Olango Island Widllife Sanctuary (OIWS) in Lapu-lapu City, Mactan, Cebu.


OIWS is one of the critical wetland areas in the region listed as one of the identified wetlands of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention, and one of the 7 best-known flyways for migrating birds.


Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary (OIWS)


“We are trying our best to protect the OIWS and with the help of our partner people’s organizations and local communities, we hope to further develop its potential as primary ecotourism destination here in Central Visayas,” added RD Gonzales.


DENR 7 also urged local and foreign tourists to help sustain all the ongoing development and conservation efforts by becoming responsible and environmentally friendly tourists.


Brgy. Tulapos, Enrique Villanueva in Siquijor


“Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment improves the well-being of the people, let us do our best to sustain ecotourism by not throwing plastics and other litters, plant trees, buy local, and practice the 3Rs, reduce, reuse and recycle,” urged Gonzales.


On-going clearing of illegal structures

DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales conducts the actual verification on the location of monuments within the shorelines of Brgys. Pooc and Talisay, Sta Fe, Cebu as part of the on-going clearing of illegal structures within the 20m easement zone as provided by the Water Code of the Philippines.


Photo Releases

Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. OIWS is the country’s first wetland of international importance for waterfowl declared under RAMSAR. This wetland area is now a critical stopover for tens of thousands of migratory birds travelling the East Asian Migratory Flyway, one of the most important shorebird and water bird migratory flyways in the world.


Hidden Bird Paradise. Mahaba Island in Talibon, Bohol is an undiscovered bird’s paradise. Mahaba Island is part of Barangay Calituban, one of eight island barangays of the Municipality of Talibon, which is located on the northwest side of Bohol.

Counting the gains of NGP. One of the most successful and remarkable milestones of National Greening Program (NGP) in Central Visayas is the established Coffee Plantations in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol established in 2011 by the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI).

As of today, UFTPAI native coffee is now marketed in Ubay and all other neighboring municipalities in Bohol.

Bugnay Wine. Made and produced by partner people’s organization, the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI) in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol

Man-made Molave Forest. One of Siquijor’s pride, the reforestation site is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1937. This 202.15-hectare molave plantation is found in Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor.

Man-made Molave Forest (Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor)

Nature’s Mystic Beauty. Lamanoc Island, Anda, Bohol. A newly discovered ecotourism destination in Bohol and is part of the Candijay-Anda-Mabini Mangrove Swamp Forest Reserve and Wilderness Area, a protected area managed by the DENR.

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