Synopsis of Activities Philippine Celebration of World Wildlife Day PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:53



MARCH 3, 2017

Theme: "Listen to the young voices"

Connected to the Wild

Protecting Wildlife is Protecting Our Way of Life

Activity Background Information
4th Wildlife Law Enforcement Awarding Ceremony

This is a venue to formally recognize private individuals and non-DENR officials/personnel who have provided invaluable assistance and unqualified support to the DENR and the Philippine Operations Group on Ivory (POGI) & Illegal Wildlife Trade in enforcing the provisions of the Wildlife Act (R.A. 9147).   For the past three (3) years the DENR has conferred the award to 271 recipients.  For this year, at least 76 men and women from various enforcement agencies and Non-Government Organizations as well as private individuals, will be recognized for their significant contributions to wildlife law enforcement work from March 2016 – February 2017.

2nd National Wildlife Quiz Bee Contest

(for grade 9 students from public schools in NCR, CALABARZON and DENR-Regions3)

This is both a knowledge-based competition and learning event which aims are to encourage the target students to give attention to current developments in wildlife, both nationally and internationally; to raise awareness and appreciation of the richness, importance, status and conservation of the Philippine Wildlife among the students, their advisers and the general public; and, encourage the youth be active in pursuing their role as environment and wildlife conservation stewards. It will be participated in by 30 Grade 9 students from the public school at the National Capital Region, Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Region 3.  Tokens and cash prizes await the top four winners.  Tokens and small amount will also be given to non-winning participants as incentives.
Wild Camp

This camp aims to inculcate a deeper understanding and appreciation on the role of the youth in conserving wildlife through an experiential learning approach.  The camp activities will include story-telling, environmental games, nature walk.  It will also include informal discussion and mini-action planning which aim is to get action-recommendations to better address wildlife and habitat conservation from the perspective of our student-participants.  It will be participated in by Grades 7 and 8 students enrolled in any high school at the National Capital Region.    It will be held from March 3 – 5, 2017.

Palawan Youth Forum on Crocodile Conservation

The forum will serve as a venue for the student leaders in Palawan to discuss the ongoing major threats to crocodiles-from habitat conversion, over-exploitation to illicit wildlife trafficking.  The forum aims to: (1) strengthen knowledge and awareness of the youth on biology, ecology and importance of crocodiles; (2) create youth advocacy campaign addressing crocodile conservation and human coexistence to reduce conflict; and, (4) direct  the engagement and integration of youth advocacy in public decision making towards crocodile conservation in the Province of Palawan. It will be participated in by senior high school students from public and private schools in Palawan and members of the Palawan Council Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) Kiddy Saver’s Club.

The one-day forum is being organized by the Crocodylus Porosus Philippines, Incorporated (CPPI) in coordination with the DENR-Provincial Environment Natural Resources  Office in Palawan.  CPPI is an active and strong partner of the Philippine government in the conservation of crocodilian species and in promoting the sustainable use of Indo-Pacific Crocodile or Saltwater Crocodile.

World Wetlands Day 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 January 2017 11:44

World Wetlands Day 2017

Every 2nd of February each year is World Wetlands Day (WWD). This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The celebration aims to raise public awareness on the importance and value of wetlands. The Philippine government adopted its local celebration in 1999 with Presidential Proclamation No. 74, “Declaring February 2 of each year as National Wetlands Day.” The said event coincides with the worldwide celebration of the WWD.

“Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction” has been adopted as this year’s celebration theme to highlight the role of wetlands as a natural safeguard against disasters. The theme emanated from Ramsar Resolution XII.13 Wetlands and Disaster Risk Reduction which the Philippines authored.  The DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) as focal agency for implementing the Ramsar Convention in the country, will take the lead in the Philippine celebration of the 2017 WWD. In celebration of the WWD, BMB and the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands (SCPW) partnered in a series of activities including:

  1. Launching of the Atlas of Philippine Inland Wetlands and Classified Caves and SCPW’s Youth Eco-camp Module;
  2. Ramsar Roundtable Discussion on Wetlands and Disaster Risk Reduction and
  3. Youth Eco-camp in Talisay, Batangas

WWD’s Youth Eco-camp is in coordination with DENR Region 4A, PENRO Batangas, Taal Volcano Protected Landscape Office, LGU Talisay and DepEd Talisay District Office. Thirty (30) student-leaders and five (5) teachers from the five (5) schools in Talisay namely: San Guillermo Academy, Talisay Polytechnic Institute, Talisay High School, Balas Buco Sta. Maria National High School and Talisay School of Agriculture will participate in the said Eco-camp on February 13-15, 2017.

Moreover, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in partnership with Star Alliance Biosphere Connection (SABC) is organizing a Wetland Youth Photo Contest from February 2, 2017 to March 2, 2017. Participants aged 18-25 years old can join the contest. Photo entries must depict a picture of any type of wetland that helps us cope with extreme weather events and must be uploaded to on or before March 2, 2017 for a chance to win a free flight courtesy of SABC and visit a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Site).

The Ramsar Secretariat has provided awareness and information materials for the WWD. These can be accessed from


Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction: The 2017 Philippine celebration of the World Wetlands Day

The DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) joins 168 other Ramsar member countries in celebrating the World Wetlands Day (WWD) on February 2, 2017 with this year’s theme, “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction.” The celebration was held at the BMB Training Center, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City. Highlighting the event was the book launching of two publications - BMB’s “Atlas of Philippine Inland Wetlands and Classified Caves” and Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands’ (SCPW) “Youth Eco-Camp Training Manual” and the Round Table Discussion on Ramsar Resolution XII.13 “Wetlands and Disaster Risk Reduction.”



Dr. Vincent Hilomen, Executive Director for Priority Programs and Coastal and Marine of the BMB



Ms. Amy Lecciones, SCPW’s Vice President and Ramsar NGO CEPA Focal Point

Dr. Vincent Hilomen, Executive Director for Priority Programs and Coastal and Marine of the BMB emphasized in his welcome remarks the critical role of maintaining healthy wetlands in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation as embodied in the Philippine-authored Ramsar Resolution XII.13. Ms. Amy Lecciones, SCPW’s Vice President and Ramsar NGO CEPA Focal Point discussed some of their actual experiences in conducting Youth Ecological Camps. She introduced Ms. Maria Laiya delos Reyes, a pioneer Eco-Camp student and Ms. Wilma Artitchea, Training of Trainors teacher-participant who shared their testimonials about their own Eco-Camp and Training of Trainors experience. Ms. Lennie Santos of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) also talked about the Eco-camps conducted and the potential use of the Manual in organizing future youth camps and engaging the youth.



Round table discussion on the Philippine-authored Ramsar Resolution on Wetlands and Disaster Risk Reduction

Meanwhile, the Round Table Discussion tackled the challenges and opportunities under the Ramsar Resolution XII.13 “Wetlands and Disaster Risk Reduction” such as the enhanced collaboration of concerned agencies in sustaining wetland ecosystem services. A total of 80 participants (27 Males and 53 Females) from the Office of Senator Cynthia Villar, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of National Defense - Office of Civil Defense, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Laguna Lake Development Authority headed by General Manager Joey Medina, National Water Regulatory Board, Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Soils and Water Management, National Irrigation Administration, University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands,  and UN World Food Programme attended the WWD celebration.


Let’s Rise for Benham Rise PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 December 2016 15:48
Let’s Rise for Benham Rise!


The Biodiversity Management Bureau took the initiative to harmonize the mandates and programs of various agencies and institutions in an attempt to sustainably manage resources in Benham Rise. 

Benham Rise (or Benham Plateau) is a 13-million hectare underwater region located northeast of Luzon’s exclusive economic zone and is one of the very few significantly large contiguous areas remaining in the country that are relatively in pristine condition. Recent scientific surveys done in 2014 and 2016 in Benham Bank, its shallowest portion, showed the richness of biodiversity in the area, thereby underscoring the need to have a management mechanism in place.

Three focused-group discussions were conducted on the whole month of November 2016 to identify challenges and opportunities in Benham Rise as well as stock-take on the past, current, and future initiatives in the area. Likewise, the participants were able to recommend strategies and possible mechanisms for the sustainable use of resources in Benham Rise. Outputs will be consolidated into a draft Management Framework which will be presented on a Verification Workshop to be conducted sometime on February 2017.
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PHILIPPINES TAKES A LEAP FORWARD: Drafts First Wildlife Law Enforcement Action Plan (WildLEAP) PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 December 2016 09:37

Davao City, Philippines

PHILIPPINES TAKES A LEAP FORWARD: Drafts First Wildlife Law Enforcement Action Plan (WildLEAP)

The majestic Philippine eagle, the elegant manta ray, the adorable slow loris, and numerous other threatened species have a better chance of survival after multi-stakeholder law enforcement groups in the Philippines took strides forward on 24 November 2016 by drafting the first Wildlife Law Enforcement Action Plan (WildLEAP).

Global environmental crime is valued between US$ 40 and US$ 70 billion per year.  Each year, the Philippines loses natural resources valued at over US$ 1 billion (PHP 50 bn) from environmental crimes. Through the Illegal wildlife trade specifically, the country incurs economic losses of about US$ 230 million (PHP 11 billion) per year, mainly through foregone tourism revenues.

WildLEAP will be implemented from 2017-2028, in line with the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP). It complements the existing national environmental law enforcement plan, and laws governing forestry and fisheries sectors. The substantive content of WildLEAP was drawn from proceedings of the First Wildlife Law Enforcement Summit convened in Davao City on 22-23 November 2016.

Key elements of WildLEAP include sets of specific actions to address existing gaps under the following components: a) capacity building; b) communication, education, and public awareness; c) policy; d) networking and coordination, e) good governance; f) curbing corruption; and g) resource mobilization.



The Philippines was among the first countries to crush confiscated ivory (21 June 2013);

Credit: National Geographic News


WildLEAP will be coordinated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources -Biodiversity Management Bureau  (DENR-BMB), with participation of key law enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Customs, Philippine Coast Guard, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), Philippines Ports Authority (PPA), Philippines Operations Group on Ivory (POGI), regional, provincial and local government bodies, and civil society organizations, among other stakeholders.


Core DENR funding for the plan, including personnel services costs, will be in the range of US$ 1.0 million per year to be secured through annual budgeting processes.  Complementary technical and financial support is proposed to be provided through the Global Environment facility (GEF) Global Wildlife Program (GWP) sub-project on “Combating Environmental Organized Crime in the Philippines” (US$ 2 m) executed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB); and the PROTECT Wildlife Project financed by USAID (US$ 25 m).

Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim of the DENR-BMB emphasized that WildLEAP “will be the national bible for all enforcers throughout the country in the fight against illegal wildlife trade,  as well as poaching of native and endemic species that OTHERWISE WOULD contribute to well functioning terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems, and other wildlife-related crimes that compromise survival of our species, increase risk to human health, deprive our local communities from the benefits of sustainable resource use, and threaten national security.  The WildLEAP will also aid us in improving our processes and in tracking enforcement progress over time.”

The proposed GEF funding will help develop and refine capacity building and training approaches, strengthen tactical law enforcement operations at selected “hotspot” areas, such as Davao, Butuan, General Santos, Cebu and Metro Manila, and initiate demand reduction campaigns aimed at curbing illegal import and use of ivory, pangolins and others; as well as poaching of native and endemic species that contribute to well functioning terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems.  It will draw on a wide range of available tools and resources, including those offered under the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), and emerging best practices under the GEF Ports of Excellence initiative.

1st Philippine Cave & Karst Forum PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 14:33

 1st Philippine Cave & Karst Forum



The 1st Philippine Cave and Karst Forum was conducted on 9-10 November 2016 at the National Museum of Fine Arts Auditorium, Padre Burgos Drive, Manila. The Forum had five sessions, namely: Cave Geology, Cave Biology, Cultural and Historical Value on Caves, Cave Ecotourism and Governance and Management of Caves. There were twenty (20) presentations by specialists/experts. The Forum provided opportunity for DENR staff and various stakeholders to learn and acquire enhanced knowledge on transdisciplinary approaches to management and researches of cave and karst ecosystems in support to the implementation of Republic Act 9072 (National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act). A total of 236 participants (141 male and 95 female) from DENR, National Cave Committee, Regional Cave Committees, other Government agencies, Local Government Units, academe and researchers participated in the Forum.


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