The Society of the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. Executive Director and Ramsar NGO CEPA National Focal Points Amy M Lecciones attended a workshop for managers of seven Ramsar Sites held on 24 October in Manila, Philippines. The workshop included management to improve the livelihood of local communities, sharing of practices, and site visits to NOCWA Ramsar Site.
The seven Ramsar Sites in the Philippines cover a range of wetland ecosystem types, including coral reef (Tubbataha Reef), tidal flats (Olango Island) and lakes (Naujan Lake), some of which conserve ecosystems from the ‘ridge to the reef’ (Puerto Princesa Underground River). Whilst all of the Sites are important for biodiversity, they also provide a range of ecosystem services such as flood control and water storage (Agusan Marsh), education (Las Piñas – Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area) as well as support the livelihood of local people by providing a rich ground for fisheries (Negros Occidental Coastal Wetlands Conservation Area).
For the full story, visit the article on the Ramsar Website.