|Wetland Olango Island Lapu-Lapu City - Photo by Fritz John Menguito|
The Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is inviting young photography enthusiasts
to take part in the World Wetlands Day Photo Contest.
Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim said in a memorandum sent
to DENR offices, the photo contest is open to anyone within ages 15 to 24 who
can snap a picture of a wetland location in the country between February 2 and March 2 2015.
Entries should be uploaded to the World Wetland Day website, World Wet Lands Day
starting February 2.
Winners will have a chance to visit a wetland location anywhere in the world, Lim said.
Anchored on the World Wetland Day celebration theme “Wetlands for Our Future,” the photo contest
highlights many ways that wetlands ensure our future, she added.
Handouts from the World Wetlands Day website defines wetlands as land areas that are
saturated or flooded with water either permanently or seasonally.
Marshes, ponds, lakes, fens, rivers, floodplains and swamps are examples of inland wetlands
while saltwater marshes, estuaries, mangroves, lagoons and even coral reefs are among some
kinds of coastal wetlands.
The same handout emphasized that wetlands ensure fresh water, purify and filter harmful
waste from water, and feed humanity. They also help fight climate change, provide
livelihood and products, serve as habitat to more than 100,000 freshwater species, and
act as nature’s shock absorber.
The same handout, however, noted that “64% of the world’s wetlands have disappeared since 1990.”
The Convention on Wetlands, also called Ramsar Convention, an international governmental
treaty that provides the framework for national and international cooperation for the
conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources, has named six locations
in the Philippines as wetlands of international importance.
These are Olango Island in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu; Naujan Lake National Park in Oriental
Mindoro; the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary in CARAGA Region; Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park located in the middle of the Central Sulu Sea, about 150 kilometer southeast of Puerto
Princesa; the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan; and the Las
Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area.
Lake Sebu in South Cotabato and the Liguasan Marsh straddling Region 12 and the
Autonomous Region and Muslim Mindanao are the most popular wetlands in SOCCSKSARGEN Region.
The World Wetlands Day is an annual event observed every February 2 to raise
public awareness of wetland values and benefits and to promote the conservation and
wise use of wetlands.
February 2 also marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city
of Ramsar,. DENR