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The Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) celebrated World Wetlands Day (WWD) on 2 February in Brgy. Sta Lucia, and in Brgy. San Bartolome, Quezon City. This year’s WWD theme is “Wetlands for a Sustainable Future – Making urban cities liveable”.

BMB in partnership with the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands (SCPW), DENR National Capital Region (DENR-NCR), Mother Earth Foundation and the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Division (EPWMD) of the Quezon City LGU, organized an educational outreach for the communities living near the Tullahan River, which is one of the major waterways in Metro Manila draining into Manila Bay. This event includes lectures on the Seven Environmental Principles, Importance of Urban Wetlands and Zero Waste Management to raise public awareness on the significant role of urban wetlands in sustaining ecological balance. The participants discussed and shared their ideas on how to contribute to wetland/s conservation efforts by working together as a community, with the government and other sectors.

Around 100 participants from the communities residing along Tullahan River joined the activity. Barangay officials also participated and listened to the suggestions and issues raised by the community members.

The BMB hopes that this celebration will instill awareness and promote initiatives not only for the community of Tullahan River but also for the rest of the country on the wise use of wetlands for a sustainable urban future.

wwd2018 1View of the Tullahan River near the source (La Mesa Watershed), from the Tullahan-Commonwealth Bridge

wwd2018 2Trash collected by QC-EPWMD from Tullahan River near the Atherton Bridge

wwd2018 3Hanging bridge connecting Brgy. Sta. Lucia to Brgy. Sta. Monica. A flood monitoring device is installed
adjacent to the bridge to warn the residents of rising water levels.

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Registration of participants and opening program

wwd2018 6Sta. Lucia Brgy. Captain William Bawag welcoming participants to the activity

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Brgy. Sta. Lucia community members participating in the workshop activities

Participants given an imaginary plot of land to build on/ develop/ implement a project, near Tullahan River and shown how their individual plans impact communities from upstream to downstream flow of the river system.

wwd2018 9Participants reporting on their group plans on how to improve protection and use of the Tullahan River

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Kevin Balaquit explaining the importance of urban wetlands                                             BMB Staff preparing workshop Materials

wwd2018 12Brgy. San Bartolome Kagawad Lito Valderama welcoming participants

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Brgy. San Bartolome community members participating in the workshop activities

Participants given an imaginary plot of land to build on/ develop/ implement a project, near Tullahan River and shown how their individual plans impact communities from upstream to downstream flow of the river system.

wwd2018 15Participants reporting on their group plans on how to improve protection and use of the Tullahan River