NEGROS ORIENTAL -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) spearheaded the celebration of World Wetlands Day (WWD) recently focusing on the importance of wetlands for disaster risk reduction.
In its activity, the DENR-Negros Island Region highlights Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park (BTLNP) as eco-tourism destination for wetlands.
DENR-NIR Regional Director Al Orolfo cited the importance of Twin Lakes in Negros Oriental as one of the jewels of country’s biodiversity.
Orolfo assured the Provincial Government to help monitor the biodiversity of the lakes and continued to promote as a tourism destination in the country.
Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita Lim said Negros Oriental is blessed with natural lakes, an asset with diverse biodiversity as defense against climate impacts and disasters.
“The inland and coastal wetlands in the country where different kinds of plants and animals thrive provide resilience or defend us from climate change," said Lim.
“Philippines has been identified as climate vulnerable country, commonly visited by typhoons with sea level storm surges, but at least our wetlands can help protect poor communities of such impacts,” she said.
Part of Cuernos de Negros, Balinsasayao lakes with biodiversity of forest is a natural reservoir that provides ground water recharge considered important to life of the people living in the neighboring communities, national scientist Dr. Angel Alcala cited.
World Wetlands Day celebration is an important focusing on the role of wetlands for the continued survival of humanity and the conservation of the biodiversity and making the community resilient in climate change.
February 2 of each year is WWD, 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.
“The importance of Ramsar sites, program of biodiversity such an importance study that the biodiversity in lakes in marine waters and other areas that have wet humid are so important that these are all considered important to life to people," said Alcala. (PIA)