My Google Page Rank

PHL gears up for new Ramsar bid

PDFPrintE-mail

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) plans to nominate Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) for inclusion in the Ramsar list of wetlands placed under conservation and sustainable use worldwide.

DENR said that LPPCHEA's inclusion in Ramsar List would help boost efforts to protect such wetland from climate change, pollution and other threats.

The Ramsar List is a listing of wetlands worldwide with international importance for conservation and sustainable utilization as provided for in an inter-governmental treaty signed by the Philippines and other countries during a convention in Ramsar, Iran in 1971.

"We're already preparing to push the bid for another Philippine Ramsar site," said Protected Areas and Wildlife Management Service chief Donna Gordove from DENR's National Capital Region office which is attending to the matter.

The Philippines' Ramsar sites are Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Cebu province, Naujan Lake National Park in Oriental Mindoro province as well as Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park and Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Mindanao.

Last month, DENR announced its plan to nominate as another Ramsar site Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in Palawan province.

PPUR emerged as one of the winners in the New Seven Wonders of Nature global search that ended in 2011.

"International recognition is conferred upon wetlands included in the Ramsar List," Gordove said.

Inclusion in the list also manifests commitment of countries concerned to undertake what's necessary for ensuring the ecological character of respective wetlands.

The Ramsar Convention defines wetlands as "areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six meters."

LLPCHEA is along Manila Bay and is the only one of its kind in Metro Manila, covering at present about 175 hectares of mangroves and mudflats in Freedom Island and Long Island.

Gordove said LLPCHEA is Metro Manila's remaining relatively intact wetland ecosystem.

"It's also Metro Manila's sole breeding area for wild birds," she said.

She expressed concern on Philippine Reclamation Authority's planned reclamation projects along Manila Bay, saying it could disrupt natural tidal flow in that water body and affect the eco-system in LPPCHEA.

"We're looking into conducting a scientific study on the matter," she said.

DENR considers LPPCHEA a wetland of global ecological importance, noting this area hosts at least one percent of the Greenshank bird population and 10 percent of the Black-winged stilt bird population within the East Asian Flyway.

LLPCHEA also supports over 5,000 birds of more than 27 species, DENR said.

"Most of the birds can be found on Freedom Island," Gordove said.

The endangered Chinese egret is among birds seen in LPPCHEA, DENR said.

"Birds flock to LLPCHEA since food for these species can be found in the nutrient-rich mudflats there," Gordove said.

Mudflats are coastal wetlands that are formed when tides or rivers deposit mud.

DENR reported LPPCHEA's mudflats at present cover about 114 hectares.

"We hope LLPCHEA can be recognized not only as a Ramsar site but established as a flyway path as well," Gordove said.

Such will enable authorities to better manage migratory bird resources there.

DENR reported that in the 2004 Asian Waterfowl Census, LLPCHEA ranked second among areas with the most number of individual birds in the Philippines.

"Diversity of avifaunal resource and presence of globally important species indicate ecological soundness of an area - birds serve as barometers of this and are always included in ecological assessments," DENR said.

Gordove said DENR-NCR is coordinating with the department's Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) on the bid to nominate LPPCHEA as a Ramsar site.

PAWB is the Philippine national administrative authority of the Ramsar Convention.

Through PAWB, the Philippines nominates its own sites for possible inclusion in the Ramsar List.

To help protect LPPCHEA, Gordove said DENR-NCR would continue expanding mangrove areas there.

"We're identifying LPPCHEA locations where additional mangrove species can be planted," she said.

DENR earlier reported LPPCHEA's mangrove area covers about 28 hectares.

Gordove said mangroves are useful since these serve as roosting grounds for birds.

She said mangroves also help retain LPPCHEA's ecological integrity since these prevent soil erosion and serve as a natural filter.

Such mangroves likewise protect coastal areas from sea water surges, she said.

"Mangroves also act as carbon sinks," she said.

Carbon sinks are natural or artificial reservoirs where carbon is stored so these help reduce concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.
Experts earlier identified CO2 as among greenhouse gases driving climate change.

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo established LPPCHEA in 2007 through Presidential Proclamation 1412.

In 2008, she also issued Proclamation 1412-A creating Manila Bay Critical Habitat Management Council.

The council is tasked with preparing and implementing the critical habitat management plan for the area and its surroundings.

By Catherine J.Teves-PNA




Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

THANK GOD! It’s FRIDAY!

16 Nov 2018 Hits:85 Be the first to comment!

For the Tetuan Parish, that very common expression means literally just that, for on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 7 in the evening at the Centro Pastoral, the concert UN NOCHE DE OFRECIMIENTO, will wow its audience. The four-part concert aims to raise the roof with the rarely seen Broadway caliber talents of our singing and dancing priests. The first segment is the Filipiniana where the musical score is proudly Original Filipino Music of Ryan Cayabyab and regional favorites in Chavacano, Visayan and Tagalog. It is followed by religious renditions in part two like: Lay Up Your Treasures in Heaven, What A Friend and Amazing Grace. The 3rd part is, of course, Broadway with mega hits like Tonight from the West Side Story, Bridge [...] Read more

Prev Next Page:

Man stabbed in Rio Hondo

16 Nov 2018 Hits:101 Be the first to comment!

A bakery worker was stabbed and wounded by his co-worker in Sitio Hongkong, Barangay Rio Hondo, Zamboanga City on Wednesday night. Police Officer 3 Had-Anuar Edding, investigator-on-case, of Police Station 11 [...] Read more


Three nabbed for illegal drugs

16 Nov 2018 Hits:137 Be the first to comment!

Three persons were arrested when operatives of Police Station 9 seized from them 13 sachets of suspected shabu during a buy-bust operation at Barangay Recodo, Zamboanga City on Thursday dawn. Arrested [...] Read more


DOH 9 conducts training on GI, community-based treatment for PWUDs

15 Nov 2018 Hits:141 Be the first to comment!

The Department of Health Region IX (DOH 9) conducted the Training on General Intervention (GI) and Community-based Treatment Care Services for Person Who Use Drugs (PWUDs) from November 13-15, 2018. With [...] Read more


DENR-EMB 9 conducts SWM plan finalization of ZamPen LGUs

14 Nov 2018 Hits:163 Be the first to comment!

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) Region IX is conducting a 10-year Solid Waste Management (SWM) plan update and finalization of 33 local government units (LGUs) [...] Read more


Man accused of child abuse, arrested

13 Nov 2018 Hits:204 Be the first to comment!

Two teenagers filed a complaint for child abuse against a 55-year-old man at Police Station 7 last Sunday. Ellyn, married, a resident of Barangay Pasonanca, Zamboanga City, averred to the police [...] Read more


Brgy Chair nabs pedicab driver carrying shabu

13 Nov 2018 Hits:144 Be the first to comment!

A delivery boy was arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by elements of Police Station 4 led by Chief Insp. Hazel Fernandez at Barangay Baliwasan, Zamboanga City  on Sunday. Police identified [...] Read more


Navforwem honors fleet-marine troops for rescue of KV Duterte

13 Nov 2018 Hits:215 Be the first to comment!

The Naval Forces Western Mindanao (Navforwem) has honored sailors, marines, Fleet-Marine personnel and navies for the successful rescue of kidnapped victim (KV) Jose Duterte and exceptional feats in the accomplishment [...] Read more


Police searching for armed man for mauling

12 Nov 2018 Hits:147 Be the first to comment!

A resident of Barangay Mampang, Zamboanga City, is now being hunted by personnel of Police Station 6 for mauling and totting his gun at another person on Sunday. Police report shows [...] Read more


Team Climaco condemns misinformation, fake news

09 Nov 2018 Hits:358 Be the first to comment!

Members of the Team Climaco have strongly criticized and condemned misinformation drive allegedly hatched by their political foes and propagandists, who are desperate to destroy the many and outstanding accomplishments [...] Read more


Man hacked by father-in-law

09 Nov 2018 Hits:161 Be the first to comment!

A man was hacked and wounded by his father-in-law at Sibiktol Drive, Barangay Arena Blanco, Zamboanga City, on Wednesday. The victim was identified as Jarrin Jalmaani y Gadong, married and a [...] Read more


More Filipinos to be engaged in HIV-AIDS awareness drive

08 Nov 2018 Hits:205 Be the first to comment!

The right information on HIV-AIDS will curb the spread of this disease. But putting information out there isn’t enough, a senior government official believes. There has to be constant engagement [...] Read more


CHO: Fear of Dengvaxia prevents children from getting vaccines

07 Nov 2018 Hits:273 Be the first to comment!

Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Kibtiya Uddin reported that the fear of Dengvaxia vaccine has prevented children from getting other types of vaccines during City Hall's weekly press conference on [...] Read more


Army officer, 3 soldiers injured in clash with Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

07 Nov 2018 Hits:317 Be the first to comment!

An Army officer and three more soldiers were wounded in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Sulu province on Monday afternoon. Lt. Col. Gerry Besana,  spokesperson of Western Mindanao Command [...] Read more


Beng distributes relief goods to Triplet fire victims

18 Oct 2018 Hits:270 Be the first to comment!

Mayor Beng Climaco on Wednesday afternoon spearheaded the distribution of relief goods to families displaced by the early dawn fire in Lemon Drive, Triplet, Barangay Canelar. Mayor Climaco, assisted by personnel [...] Read more


DTI reports slight hike in prices of basic goods

18 Oct 2018 Hits:246 Be the first to comment!

Following its continuing monitoring of prices of all consumable goods in the local markets, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has reported a slight increase in the prices of [...] Read more


OCENR preps SWM in barangays, basura run

18 Oct 2018 Hits:225 Be the first to comment!

The Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) is working to strengthen the capacities of local barangays in line with sanitation, particularly solid waste management. Public Services Officer IV [...] Read more


Mayor Beng files candidacy, vows to continue pro-poor programs

17 Oct 2018 Hits:282 Be the first to comment!

In an expected sea of supporters to join her today, popular Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco is scheduled to file her certificate of candidacy for re-election this morning at the [...] Read more


Team Colorao to file COC today

17 Oct 2018 Hits:216 Be the first to comment!

The “Team Colorao” alliance will be filing their official Certificates of Candidacy (COC) early morning today, October 17, 2018. The powerhouse four party alliance will be led by party standard bearer, [...] Read more