2017 World Wetlands Day Youth Ecological Camp
“Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”
wwd201708The participants of the 2017 World Wetlands Day Youth Ecological Camp doing their morning warm-up activity. (Photo courtesy of SCPW) 
The DENR-BMB in partnership with the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. (SCPW) conducted the World Wetlands Day Youth Ecological Camp on February 13-15, 2017 at Vicky’s Farm House Resort in Talisay, Batangas. It was participated in by 30 Grades 8 and 9 students (8 males, 22 females) and five (5) teachers (3 males, 2 females) from the five (5) Secondary Schools in Talisay namely: San Guillermo Academy, Talisay Polytechnic Institute, Talisay High School, Talisay School of Agriculture and Balas Buco Sta. Maria National High School.

BMB conducts GBIF-IPT Training for the CHED-Funded PABIDACO Project at the

University of the Philippines – Baguio


The Biodiversity Management Bureau successfully conducted the Global Biodiversity Information Facility-Integrated Publishing Toolkit (GBIF-IPT) training last February 10-11, 2017 at the University of the Philippines-Baguio. Twenty six participants compose of professors and IT experts from the three higher educational institution (HEI’s) involved in the CHED-funded project “Popularizing Access to Biodiversity Information Data and Conservation Opportunities (PABIDACO) attended the 2-day training.

PABIDACO is a project undertaken by Benguet State University , St. Louis University and University of Baguio as the lead which is intended for the gathering and promotion of biodiversity information and conservation efforts in the Cordillera Autonomous Region. Participants from DENR-CAR and the National Commission on Indigenous People-CAR also attended the training.

The two day training-workshop conducted by the BMB-Informatics personnel emphasized the benefits of sharing data thru publishing and enhanced the participant’s skills in data transformation process, using the Darwin Core standard and publishing biodiversity data using the GBIF-IPT. Participants were assisted in the hands-on publishing of different classes of biodiversity data using a local IPT set-up.

Participants of the 2-day Training on GBIF-IPT at the University of the Philippines-Baguio



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.


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.

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