DENR takes World Wetlands Day 2018 celebration to Tullahan River

To mark the celebration of World Wetlands Day (WWD) on February 2, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will reach out to communities near the Tullahan River to raise awareness of the value of preserving wetlands and their importance to ecosystems.

The DENR, through its Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), will take the WWD’s local celebration to two Quezon City barangays – Sta. Lucia and San Bartolome – where the agency will conduct an educational outreach activity consistent with the theme, “Wetlands for Sustainable Urban Future – Making Urban Cities Livable.”

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the focus of this year’s celebration will be on enhancing the knowledge of communities about the conservation and preservation of wetlands and bodies of water situated in urban areas, and the Tullahan River is a fitting venue for the WWD event.

“We at the DENR are reaching out to the two barangays near the Tullahan River because of its relevance on their livelihood,” Cimatu said. “As one of the most polluted waterways in Metro Manila, the river deserves no less than to have reduced pollution for the benefit of the residents within the area.”

A wetland is defined as land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, and such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem. It also constitutes rivers and its tributaries, especially in urban areas such as Quezon City.

The holding of educational outreach activity was proposed to the DENR by the Quezon City Environmental Protection and Waste Management Division.

Representatives from the Society for Conservation of Philippine Wetlands will discuss the seven environmental principles, the BMB on the importance of urban wetlands, and the Mother Earth Foundation on zero-waste management during the learning activities to be held at the barangay halls of Sta. Lucia and San Bartolome.

There will also be video presentations and group activities aimed at raising awareness on the importance of wetlands. At the end of the day-long event, the participants are expected to declare their commitment to protecting and conserving Tullahan River.

The Tullahan River is a part of the Malabon-Navotas-Tullahan-Tinajeros (MANATUTI) river system that spans 36.4 kilometers, from La Mesa Water Reservoir in Fairview, Quezon City, all the way to the mouth of Manila Bay at Centennial Park in Navotas City.

WWD is celebrated every February 2, marking the date of adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971. The convention was named after the city of Ramsar in Iran, where it was adopted.

Established to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet, WWD was first celebrated in 1997 and has grown remarkably since then. In 2016, WWD was celebrated in at least 59 countries. ###

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