DENR to Business, Government: Investing in the Wetlands Conversation
February 14, 2022 | 00:00
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has urged business and government leaders to invest in wetland conservation, citing the success of the Wetland Conservation Park Rehabilitation Project from Boracay.
“The Boracay Wetlands Conservation Park exemplifies the value of multi-sectoral convergence in conservation work. Boracay’s wetlands are currently going through different phases of rehabilitation,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said during the celebration of World Wetlands Day 2022 on February 2.
“Thank you to our wetland adopters, Energy Development Corp. (EDC), Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc., Boracay Tubi System Inc., JG Summit, Olefins Corp. and San Miguel Corp.”, he said.
Adopt EDC officially handed over the recently rehabilitated Boracay Wetlands Conservation Park to the DENR.
Cimatu commended EDC for being the first private entity to respond to DENR’s Adopt-A-Wetland program, which aims to reclaim and restore Boracay Island’s nine wetlands.
Cimatu, who is also the chair of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF), said he witnessed the transformation of the Boracay Wetlands Conservation Park or Wetland No. 2″ from a degraded wetland to what it is now – an arboretum of native trees, an ecotourism site and a conservation education center.
The DENR said wetlands, dubbed the “kidney of the Earth”, are vital in the ecosystem as they “filter water through vegetation and substrates, help to mitigate the effects of climate change and provide healing through their recreational uses”.
World Wetlands Day is celebrated annually on February 2 to raise awareness around the vital role of wetlands for people and the planet.
This date also marks the anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands, which was adopted as an international treaty in 1971.
Presidential Proclamation No. 74, Series of 1999 also declares February 2 each year as National Wetlands Day “in recognition of the immense importance of wetlands to the well-being of the Filipino people and the protection of global biodiversity. “.