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DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje while delivering his message
”We, as the earth’s caretaker, should safeguard our absolute gem – our biodiversity” was one of the notable remarks of Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during the national celebration of the 3rd World Wildlife Day last 3 March 2016 at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center. The World Wildlife Day, celebrated every 3rdday of March, is an opportunity to appreciate the various splendid forms of flora and fauna and to raise awareness of the benefits we can derive from conserving them. The theme for this year’s celebration, “The future of wildlife is in our hands”, emphasizes the link between wildlife, people and sustainable development.

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The Biodiversity Management Bureau conducted an employee orientation on the Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) as part of its learning and development program. The two (2) day learning event conducted by Director II Hans Alcantara of the Civil Service Commission-DENR field office was held at the BMB Training Center last March 10-11, 2016. The orientation helped the participants understand the connection between their individual work plan to the division and bureau work plan which would assist them in properly accomplishing their Individual Performance Commitment and Review Form.

The highlight of the event participated by selected divisions and units of the bureau was the presentation of accomplished Division Performance Commitment and Review and Individual Performance Commitment and Review forms which were reviewed by Dir. Alcantara.

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The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality”, is well-aligned with the ambitious Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, which integrates gender equality and women’s empowerment as a cross-cutting theme across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 169 targets, making it clear that equality and empowerment are a necessary part of a sustainable future. This is no less important for SDGs 14 and 15, which together emphasize the conservation and sustainable use of ocean and marine resources, terrestrial ecosystems and halting biodiversity loss.

Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity have recognized these linkages, with the adoption of a Gender Plan of Action under the Convention in 2008, and an updated 2015-2020 Gender Plan of Action to align with the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets. This updated Plan includes possible actions for Parties to integrate gender into their biodiversity policy, planning and programming.




The 182 Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES[1] are once again celebrating the life of wild plants and animals on 03 March 2016.  Declared by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2013, March 03 of every year is a World Wildlife Day in commemoration of the adoption of CITES on said day in 1973.

This year’s World Wildlife Day (WWD 2016) will be celebrated under the theme “The future of wildlife is in our hands” to reinforce the complex link between wildlife, people and sustainable development.  It also aims to emphasize the roles and responsibilities of the present generation to implement and undertake measures that will safeguard wildlife for the generations to come. The CITES Secretariat encourages the Parties to the Convention as well as non-government organizations and private individuals to: i) pursue wildlife-related conservation and protection campaigns focusing on the countries’ respective wild plants and animals aimed at ensuring the survival in the wild of these wildlife; ii)  observe and raise awareness of the theme for WWD2016; iii) associate WWD celebrations to major national and international conservation events, where appropriate; and, iv) organize campaigns to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife and their products using targeted strategies in order to influence consumer behavior.

WWDNWD Banner 2016 Region IconFebruary 2 of every year is celebrated as both the World Wetlands Day and National Wetlands Day respectively adopted by the Parties to the Ramsar Convention in 1997 and Presidential Proclamation No. 74 of 1999. This year's theme for the celebration is "Wetlands for Our Future– Sustainable Livelihoods."

The event aims to raise public awareness on wetland values and benefits, its conservation and wise use. Wetlands are areas permanently or temporarily submerged with water, whether fresh, brackish, or salty. It is comprised of lakes, marshes, swamps, peatlands, rivers, mangroves, coral reefs, sea grass beds, mudflats, intertidal flats and even man-made wetlands like rice fields and reservoirs. Wetlands provide livelihood such as rice growing, aquaculture, agriculture, handicraft-making, ecotourism and the like. Wetlands are among our major sources of food and drinking water. It also protects us against flooding, helps in water purification and serves as habitat for many different species.