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World wetlands day

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AS IT STANDS | Roman Floresca

Wetlands as we knew it when we were just kids were a place where no one dare go except the brave and adventurous ones. I guess it was meant to keep us clean.


But you know kids, the more you insist on something the more you feed their appetite until someday they realize that their parents had not been all true to them.


So they venture out little by little especially with someone who has some familiarity with what they would venture into only to find out that there is nothing mysterious in there but simply a lot of trees and plants and other materials. And we saw birds, many of them we’ve never seen before.


Last week we celebrated World Migratory Bird Day with Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairman of the committee on environment and natural resources, stressing the need for these wetland parks as sanctuaries for birds.


We have one of those sanctuaries here in Metro Manila – the Las Pinas-Paranaque Wetland Park (LPWP). Located south of Manila Bay, the Las Pinas-Paranaque wetland park serves as resting and feeding ground for migratory birds coming China, Japan and Siberia.


“Wetlands have a unique characteristics and serve a lot of functions that is why these areas are protected and preserved,” the lady senator said. The park is a 175 hectare nature reserve providing sanctuary to 82 species of wild bird including Philippine ducks, Chinese egret and the black-winged stilts. There are 36 hectares of mangrove forest. It is the thickest and most diverse among all the remaining mangrove areas in Manila Bay.


It is one of seven in the Philippines recognized by Ramsar convention as Wetland of International Importance. They are the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan, the Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park in Sulu, the Agusan Marsh National Park in Agusan del Sur, the Naujan Lake National Park in Oriental Mindoro, the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Cebu and the Negros Occidental Coastal Wetlands Conservation Area in Negros Occidental.


The World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated with the theme Birds Connect our World and it aims to highlight the importance of conserving and restoring ecological connectivity and integrity of ecosystems that support the natural movements of migratory birds.

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