The Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) conducted the Learning Event on Basic Caving, Survey and Mapping and Cave Photography (Caving 101) for Luzon Cluster held on April 23-27, 2018 in Tayabas, Quezon. The consultation-workshop was participated in by 53 participants from the DENR Regional and Field Offices, members of the National Cave Committee (NCC) and BMB personnel.

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The consultation-workshop aimed to 1) capacitate participants on safe caving practices to avoid/minimize possible hazards that may be encountered during caving activities; 2) impart techniques in cave photography, survey, and mapping; and 3) enhance capability of field personnel in conducting cave assessments. At the end of the learning event, the participants were expected to be able to:

  1. Acquire basic knowledge and skills on safe caving, photography, survey, and mapping;
  2. Produce at least Grade 3C cave maps; and
  3. Produce high resolution/quality cave photographs

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.

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The Philippine government hosted the 12th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 12) on 22-28 October 2017, held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Manila. This is the first time that a CMS COP was ever convened in Asia. Over 1,000 participants from 91 parties and many non-parties, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (IGOs and NGOs) came to attend the event with the theme, “Their Future is Our Future: Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People.”

The CMS is an intergovernmental agreement concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It is the only global agreement established exclusively for the conservation and management of terrestrial and marine migratory species throughout their range.

The Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) is the focal point of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in coordinating national efforts to fulfill the Philippine government’s commitments under the Convention.

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DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu welcoming delegates during the Opening Ceremonies

As part of the ongoing World Lecture Series of the University of the Philippines-Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (UPIESM), a two (2) day technical and interactive workshop on research relevant to Dugong (Dugong dugon) conservation was held at the IESM Auditorium from August 7-8, 2017.   The workshop was participated in by DENR-BMB, conservation partners such as C3 Philippines Inc., research students and marine managers.    A respected dugong conservationist in the person of Dr. Helene Marsh from the James Cook University of Queensland, Australia presented the challenges vis-à-vis conservation of this critically endangered sea mammal.

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Photo courtesy of Dr. Helene Marsh

Participants to the Dugong Conservation workshop held at the University of the Philippines Institute of Environmental Science & Meteorology with Dr. Helene Marsh from James Cook University, Queensland, Australia.

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Drawing closer to the CMS COP12, workshops and seminar are being carried out to beef up conservation efforts on highly threatened migratory species. On September 19, a seminar on “Marine Turtle Conservation Science “ in support of Marine Biodiversity and Sustainable Fisheries Management and Enforcement will be held at the BMB Training Center.