Mr. Jobert Espino (Philippines)

"Highly Commended" Entry


2015 World Wetlands Day

Youth Photo Contest



Jobert Espino, captured the happiness of children from the Bla'an tribe while out on a walk with a friend in South Cotabato. He said he loved watching the children playing and swimming in the lake.

PHILIPPINE entries for the 2015 World Wetlands Day "YOUTH PHOTO CONTEST"


PHILIPPINE entries for the 2015 World Wetlands Day “YOUTH PHOTO CONTEST”


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March 3 of every year has been designated as World Wildlife Day by the United Nations General Assembly in celebration of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), a treaty signed by 180 countries for the regulation of trade of plants and animal species. The Philippines being a member country of the CITES enjoins the rest of the member nations in celebrating World Wildlife Day with this year's theme: "Wildlife Crime is serious, let's get serious about wildlife crime."

The Biodiversity Management Bureau will spearhead the celebration and intends to conduct a Nature Walk on the morning of March 3, 2015 at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center to be participated in by high school students from selected public high schools. The nature walk aims to promote awareness on the country's endemic flora and fauna including the Philippine Eagle and the need to conserve and protect them.

In the afternoon, there will be a poster-making contest at the Training Center at 1PM to be participated by eight students (two representatives from each school and a film showing for the other students. At 2PM, the 2nd Wildlife Law Enforcements Awards will be held followed by the awarding of winners of the Nature Walk and poster-making contest.

Relevant information about the World Wildlife Day may be accessed at


World Wetlands Day Celebration

February 2- 3, 2015

In celebration of the 2015 World Wetlands Day with theme Wetlands for our Future, the Biodiversity Management Bureau mobilized its IEC team on February 2-3, 2015 for the conduct of a Biodiversity Campus Tour in five (5) schools situated in the coastal areas of Bacoor, Cavite namely: Digman Elementary School, Bacoor Elementary School and Bacoor National High School (Tabing Dagat campus), and Kawit, Cavite namely: Binakayan National High School and Emiliano Tria Tirona Memorial National High School. These areas were selected because Cavite is located around the Manila Bay area, one of the important wetlands in the country that is greatly threatened by human activities.

Around 300 individuals consisting of students and teachers participated in the campus tour. The activity included a discussion and lecture on basic information about wetlands, its benefits and importance; video showing; a skit about wetlands highlighting the species thriving in wetlands and the threats this ecosystem is facing. The activity was concluded by the eliciting from the students their reflections and insights on the learnings gained from the activity. They were also made to identify measures they can take while in school, in their homes and community to help save and conserve wetlands, particularly that in their immediate vicinity.

Meanwhile, a parallel celebration of the event was held in Negros Occidental highlighted by a program on the unveiling/public announcement of Negros Occidental Coastal Wetlands (NOCW) as a Wetland of International Importance. NOCW meets the standards for this recognition and supporting documents are now being prepared for its official nomination to the Ramsar Convention as such.

The program was held at the Social Hall, Provincial Capitol Bldg, Bacolod City. The event was jointly organized by PENRO, Negros Occidental, Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO), Province of Negros Occ., and the Phil. Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PBCFI). Said event was graced by the local government officials headed by Hon. Alfredo Maranon Jr, Governor of Negros Occidental; BMB Exec Director Vincent Hilomen, and officials from the PENRO, PEMO and PBCFI.

A Birdwatching Activity followed in Bago City and Palupandan in Negros Occidental participated in by students, and staff from DENR Region VI and the LGUs.



 FOR                            :       The Regional Directors
                                             All DENR Regional Offices

 FROM                         :       The Director

 SUBJECT                  :       World Wetlands Day 2015 Materials


In line with the annual celebration of World Wetland Days on 2 February 2015, please be informed that the full range of information materials for this celebration is now available for download at as follows:



Teacher and organizer guide

pdf, PowerPoint

World Wetlands Day Handouts

InDesign File, pdf

World Wetlands Day General Poster

InDesign File, pdf

World Wetlands Day Photo Contest Poster

InDesign File, pdf

World Wetlands Day Local Event Poster

InDesign File, pdf

Graphic Design Guide


 These materials can be modified with your own local pictures and reproduced for wider dissemination.

Meanwhile, with this year’s theme “Wetlands for Our Future”, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands are enticing youth to experience wetlands for themselves through the Wetland Youth Photo Contest. This contest is inviting anyone aged 15 - 24 years old to snap and upload a picture taken in a wetland location in the country between 2 February and 2 March 2015 to the World Wetlands Day website. The participants for this contest will have a chance to win a free flight to a famous wetland of their choice. In this regard, we are requesting for your assistance and support to disseminate the competition information, as well as to encourage the youths in your jurisdiction to join said Photo Contest.

This photographic challenge will highlight one of the many ways wetlands ensure our future. For the full details of this contest, please visit and/or 

 For your information.