The Agricultural Wetlands and Migratory Birds Living in Harmony

The SCPW had been working with farmers in a 135-hectare rice farm in Candaba, Pampanga which is part of the approximately 32,000 hectares of wetlands straddling three provinces (Bulacan, Pampanga and Nueva Ecija).  The Candaba Wetlands is an important area for agricultural and fisheries production, water irrigation, and natural flood retention. It is a Key Biodiversity Area (KBA #31) and an Important Bird Area (PH007) within the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF).

Candaba Swamp continues to be drained or converted into wet agriculture, severely limiting habitat for waterfowls. The change in land use has been observed in the towns comprising the Candaba Wetlands where large tracts of wetlands have been filled to give way to the housing subdivision and commercial establishments.

In celebration of World Migratory Bird Day this year and taking note of the theme “Birds Connect Our World”, the SCPW will conduct a webinar to highlight how farming communities and migratory birds can be in harmony with each other.  The webinar will primarily reach out to local government officers in agricultural and environment and natural resources offices of local governments in the Candaba Wetlands, so that they understand the link between conserving the wetland (especially as habitats for migratory birds) and the health and well-being of people. It will also invite agricultural students in the PSAU so that they will appreciate the value of conserving wetlands for both the well-being of nature and people as well.

The objectives of the webinar are:

  1. To highlight how farming communities and migratory birds can exist in harmony with each other.
  2. To reach out to agriculture, environment and natural resources officers of local governments in the Candaba Wetlands, as well as the PENROs and CENROs, so that they understand the link between conserving the wetland (especially as habitats for migratory birds) and the health and well-being of people
  3. To increase the awareness of students in the field of agriculture students so that they will appreciate the value of conserving wetlands for both the well-being of nature and people.

The program for the event is shown below:

To obtain a copy of the presentations given, please visit our Knowledge Resource page and navigate to the section for this webinar.

The event will be livestreamed in our YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn pages.