Wetlands and Tourism: A Great Experience PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 July 2012 08:32


The Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau spearheaded the annual celebration of the World Wetlands Day with this year’s theme, “Wetlands and Tourism.” February 2 of every year 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. This was also declared as National Wetlands Day by virtue of Proclamation No. 74 dated February 2, 1999 whereby all sectors of society in the country are urged to conduct activities to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular.


The celebration started on January 30 through an opening program conducted at the DENR Central Office during the flag raising ceremony. A short message that included an overview of the celebration was delivered by Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim which was followed by a message delivered by DENR Undersecretary Analiza R. Teh in behalf of DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje. To check awareness of DENR employees on wetlands and its importance, Ms. Meriden E. Maranan, Chief of Nature Recreation and Extension Divison, gave a trivia quiz to DENR employees and those who answered the questions correctly were given caps, t-shirts, and bags as prizes. Then, Usec. Analiza R. Teh, Assistant Secretary Corazon C. Davis, and Dir. Lim formally opened the exhibit or public viewing of DENR employees and invited guests.

The exhibit was prepared by PAWB in coordination with other DENR offices namely River Basin Control Office, Manila Bay Coordinating Office, Integrated Coastal Resources Management Office, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, Laguna Lake Development Authority, DENR-NCR, and DENR Region. PAWB presented its vision and mission emphasizing its mandate of managing and conserving wetlands. On the other hand, the other institutions showcased their activities contributing to wetland management and tourism in their respective area.

Aside from being celebrated at the DENR Central Office, the World Wetlands Day was also observed nationwide through the participation of DENR Regional Offices in conducting relevant activities. The following are the activities undertaken in the regions.

  • Region 1- clean up along rivers and creeks and tree planting within the vicinities of wetland areas and others
  • Region 2 - marine turtle habitat assessment
  • Region 3 - hanging of streamers, clean up drive, radio guesting, TV plugging, conduct of lecture on the prohibition of hunting wildlife and Roadside planting of 200 mahogany seedlings Bird Counting and lectures on environmental awareness on the importance of wetlands
  • Region 4A – coordination with the Department of Tourism (DOT) Southern Tagalog Region in identifying and promoting activities in relation to the wise use and protection of wetlands and their resources as well as sustainable tourism both in and around wetlands identified tourism areas for bird watching activity
  • Region 4B - coastal clean-up and tree planting of mangrove.
  • Region 5 – put-up of exhibit and distribution of flyers
  • Region 6 – lecture, tree planting, bird watching, and wetland visitation
  • Region 7 – mangrove planting and coastal clean-up and wetland drawing contest
  • Region 8 - hanging of streamers and distribution of leaflets, public consultation, and mangrove tree planting
  • Region 9 – conduct of conference on wetland management and tourism
  • Region 10 - IEC on importance of wetlands, mangrove planting, coastal clean-up, tri-media guesting, conduct of Dalaw Turo, clean-up and tree growing at Lake Dumigat, Mt. Malindang, Misamis Occidental
  • Region 11 – hanging of tarpaulins and tree planting activity
  • Region 12 - mangrove and bamboo planting, film showing, conduct of seminar on community-based ecotourism cum full site diagnostic of Isla Grande Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.
  • Region 13 - hanging of streamers, conduct of Dalaw-Turo, bird watching, coastal clean-up, and tree planting activity
  • National Capital Region – launch of exhibit at the DENR lobby

The Department of Tourism also joined the celebration by hanging of streamers in their respective offices from DOT Central Office in Manila to the DOT Regional Offices nationwide. ( Photo courtesy of Emie T. Ramoso)

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