The Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc (SCPW) joined the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – CALABARZON in celebration of the World Wetlands Day on 2 February 2022 through a webinar. With this year’s theme, “Wetlands Action for People and Nature,” the event was attended by more than 150 high school students, teachers, DENR regions, among others, via zoom and livestreaming on social media platforms.
World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year on 2 February to raise awareness about wetlands. This day also marks the anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands, which was adopted as an international treaty in 1971. In line with the theme, the webinar highlighted the importance of actions to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands for humans and planetary health. Mr. Jefferson Cruz, Chief of Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section, DENR CALABARZON, talked about wetland definition, types, its importance, and threats confronting this important ecosystem. Dr. Ali Hadjinasser, Sr., Chief of Conservation and Development Division, DENR SOCCSKSARGEN, shared about Liguasan Marsh and initiatives to conserve the area. Ms. Amy Lecciones, Executive Director of SCPW presented the various strategies, programs, projects and activities of the organization, particularly its CEPA (Communication, Capacity-Building, Education, Participation, and Awareness) initiatives that are aimed in promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
Overall, the discussion focused on the call to take action for wetlands which is the theme of this years’ campaign. It’s an appeal to invest financial, human, and political capital to save the world’s wetlands from disappearing and to restore degraded wetlands.