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The DENR-BMB participated and set-up an exhibit featuring Biodiversity Facts and Figures and the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (2015-2028) in the 5th Season of Creation event of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) held on September 1, 2017 at the Plaza de Roma, Intramuros, Manila. The Season of Creation is a month long activity of the Roman Catholic Church which commences on the World Day of Prayer for Creation on September 1 and ends on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Ecology, on October 4. The Philippine celebration led by the Ministry on Ecology/ Environment and Disaster Response of the RCAM aims to launch an intensive environmental awareness and education campaign for the cities and parishes under the Archdiocese of Manila for the proper care of the environment.

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All roads lead to Manila in October for the 12th Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS-COP12), or more commonly abbreviated to Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

The event will mark the first time the CMS conference will be held in Asia since the international treaty was adopted in Bonn, Germany in 1979 and came into force in 1985.

Lawyer Ernesto Adobo, Jr., undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that around 1,000 participants from 124 countries which are parties to the convention are expected to attend the CMS-COP12. They consist of high-level dignitaries and representatives from various organizations, private companies, and institutions recognized as champions of migratory species.

I. Press Launch of the “Museum of Philippine Biodiversity”

The Museum of Philippine Biodiversity scale model was unveiled during the International Day of Biological Diversity celebration last 22 May 2017 at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC). The Museum once constructed will feature the richness of Philippine biodiversity by highlighting six (6) Protected Areas representing the different and unique terrestrial and marine ecosystems in the country.

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As the country celebrates the 2017 Philippine Eagle Week, we pay tribute to our national bird, the “Crown Jewel of Philippine Biodiversity,” the great Philippine eagle.

This annual event, which marks its 19th year, heralds the crucial role of the Philippine eagle in upholding the integrity and ecological balance of our remaining forests. As one of the forest’s top predators, the Philippine eagle is responsible in regulating the population of smaller animals that may pose danger to humans and destroy crops. Undeniably, the Philippine eagle’s presence is an indicator of a rich forest ecosystem which can sustain and provide for our needs.

The winning photo in the recently concluded Global Wetlands Youth Photo Contest 2017 organized by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands from 2 February to 2 March 2017, with the theme “Wetlands that help us cope with extreme weather events” is a young 21-year old Filipino named Gabriel B. Mejia. The winning photo (shown below) is an aerial view of the Gabaldon floodplain of Nueva Ecija, Philippines.

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