The  National Conference on Wetlands, Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity Conservation (NCWCCBC) held on 12 to 14 January 2009 at Silliman University in Dumaguete City aimed at setting the stage for the development of a national policy on wetlands, and a national strategy and action plan for the wise use of wetlands and wetlands resources, incorporating concerns on biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation.

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Opening Ceremony –

Opening Remarks by the President of the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc.
Dr. Scholz of GIZ and Ms. Esguerra of UNDP
Dr. Alcala of  SUAKCREM and Dr. Lim of PAWB-DENR

Ms. Lecciones of SCPW, Dr. Malayang of SU, and Ms. Hails of Ramsar Convention Secretariat

Welcome Remarks:
• Dr. Ben S. Malayang III
President, Silliman University

Opening Remarks:
• Dr. Candido A. Cabrido, Jr.
President, Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc.

• Hon. Emilio Macias II
Governor, Province of Negros Oriental (represented by Vice Governor Jose A. Baldado)
• Ms. Joy Esguerra
National Coordinator, GEF-Small Grants Programme of the United Nations Development Programme
Dr. Uwe Scholz
Program Adviser, German Technical Cooperation 

Keynote Address:
• Hon. Lito Atienza
Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (represented by Undesecretary Manuel Gerochi)


Paper Presentations, Reports and Discussions

“Wetlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change”
• Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim
Director, Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

“The National Wetland Action Plan for the Philippines”
• Dr. Angel C. Alcala
Director,  Silliman University Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management

“The Ramsar Convention’s Communication, Education and Public Awareness Outreach Programme (CEPA)”
Ms. Sandra Hails
CEPA Programme Officer, Ramsar Convention Secretariat

“Review of Legislation and Policies on Philippine Wetlands”
• Atty. Ma. Paz G. Luna

Report of Technical Working Groups:
• Ms. Adelina Santos-Borja
Chair, TWG on Freshwater Wetlands
• Mr. Florendo B. Barangan
Chair, Marine/Coastal Wetlands
• Ms. Amy M. Lecciones
Enabling Activities
• Atty. Ma. Paz G. Luna
Wetland Policies
• Ms. Armida Andres
• Ms. Marlynn M. Mendoza
Other special wetlands

Part of the preparatory activities of the conference was the formation of technical working groups to review policies, plans and programs related to wetlands conservation.  Each Technical Working Group have small group meetings/workshops to consolidate and review information out from various documents and to prepare the working document for the conference.  The outputs of the small group meetings (the aforementioned Report of the Technical Working Groups) were presented at the National Conference for validation.


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