OCENR spearheads ‘World Wetland Day’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 13:50






A mangrove planting activity highlighted the City Government’s observance of this year’s World Wetlands Day celebration held Monday, February 2 in barangay Talon-Talon.

Through the efforts of the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR), led by Engr. Reynaldo Gonzales, around 2,000 mangrove propagules were planted at the National Greening Program (NGP) site in Talon-Talon, an area earmarked for rehabilitation by the City Government in coordination with concerned national government agencies and the local communities in nearby coastal areas.

Joining the OCENR for the activity were members the PNP – Tetuan Police Station, and Task Force Zamboanga – 31st MBLT. A brief orientation for the participants was held prior to the planting activity.

With the theme “Wetlands for Our Future”, the World Wetlands Day celebration seeks to raise public awareness on the values and benefits of wetlands as well as promote the conservation and wise use of wetland areas.

Wetlands are found near the sea or inland and can be seasonal – they are water logged only during parts of the year, or perennial. They play a crucial role in the ecosystem as they prevent flooding by absorbing water, ensure soil that is a unique breeding ground for vegetation that feed fish, give shelter to animals, and purify water by removing sediments.

They also offer substantial economic, social and environmental values which, if managed sustainably, will provide benefits to future generations.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on February 2. This date marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971, a treaty on the preservation and sustainable use of wetlands. -- Jasmine Mohammadsali