30 Ideas: Wetlands BioBlitz

Category: 30th Anniversary, Asia, Asia regional news, Asia regional news, WLI Asia

Last updated: February 7th, 2022

In 2021 we are marking 30 years of WLI cooperation by sourcing 30 neat ideas from WLI members. Today we hear from the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands. 

Description: The context of the Wetland Bioblitz as a citizen science activity is to gather stakeholders and sectors in the community, to work together to create a profile of the variety of living and non-living attributes of the ecosystem in a wetland area. It provides an opportunity for participants to learn together and share their expertise and enthusiasm for nature, particularly wetlands.

Our Wetlands BioBlitz was implemented in three major rivers (Panguil River, Mabitac River, and Lumban-Pagsanjan River) in Laguna de Bay Region. The SCPW worked with research/academic institutions, scientists and volunteers to operationalize the program, with participants composed of students from various high schools in the area.

Learning and conservation outcomes: Among the specific outputs include Rapid Assessment on Wetland Ecosystem Services (RAWES), data on water quality, hydrology, fauna/avifauna, and flora. A website was also created in order for people to contribute to the existing citizen-based data. Participants gained additional knowledge on wetlands and learned scientific approaches in relation to wetland conservation.

Audience: High school students, teachers, research and academic institutions, scientists. The average number of participants for the three sessions was around 100.

Cost: The 3-day activity per wetland site costs approximately USD3,000 (excluding staff time and other pre- and post- activity expenses and operational costs).

Key themes: Wetland conservation through citizen-science approach.

Equipment/resources required: For this activity, you need resource persons/experts from different fields to teach the participants the basics of citizen-science approach. Equipment for water quality testing, hydrology, bird-watching, and RAWES are also needed.