Agusan Marsh celebrates World Wetlands Day

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Last updated: February 15th, 2022

During the World Wetlands Day in 2017, 60 selected high school students with their teachers from the 6 secondary public schools representing the 6 municipalities surrounding AMWS had participated in the Wetlands Tour to AMWS last February 7, 2017. The activity aims to raise awareness among the youth on the importance of AMWS being a biodiversity haven and the vital roles it play to the lives of the Agusanons. The students were also required to submit a report of their experience and how they can impart their knowledge to other students within their respective schools. A combination of lectures, site visit in the Lake Panlabuhan wherein the students were exposed to the culture, biodiversity and the unique landscape of the lake, birdwatching and interview with the IPs in the area was made.

As part of the Action Plan of the students and the teachers, the selected students from Bunawan National High School who participated the Wetlands Tour had initiated a re-echo of their learnings on Wetlands to the Grades 9 and 10 students in their school. The students and teachers were the one who served as Resource Speakers during the ecocamp in their school.

To further emphasize the ecosystem functions and role of the AMWS, the AMWS PAMB through its secretariat (PASu), in collaboration with the GIZ-COSERAM, Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) and the Municipal Local Government Unit of Talacogon, had organized a Wetlands Tour for the key national agencies to strengthen its partnership and advocate for protection and rehabilitation of the wetlands with the theme “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”. The activity was conducted last March 3, 2017 as part of the culminating activity of the Wetlands Month and in celebration of the World Wildlife Day 2017. It was attended by the Provincial DepEd, DTI, DILG, NCIP, DOT, RDC, NEDA, MinDA, DAR, DA, BFAR, PNP, NIA, Regional DRRMC, Bantay Danau, IP Researcher, and personnel from DENR (CENRO Talacogon, Bunawan, Loreto, PENRO-Agusan del Sur, and PASu-AMWS).

World Wetlands Day is celebrated yearly by the Protected Area Management Office wherein a wetlands tour, tree planting activity, CEPA to the community, clean-up drive, among others were continuously conducted from 2018-2021.

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