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DENR undertakes Asian Waterbird Census 2010

Tacloban City (January 14) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resource is set to conduct the Asian Waterbird Census all throughout the country in the second and third week of January, Regional Executive Director Primitivo Galinato informed.

The new DENR RED said that the activity forms part of the global census for migratory birds seeking warmer refuge during the winter time in wetlands and coastal sites across America, Africa and Asia.

Regional Executive Director Primitivo Galinato said that the Asian Waterbird Census is also part of government efforts to keep the Philippines bird flu- free through regular wetland and waterbird monitoring.

Results of the regional count shall be analyzed at the regional level before they are submitted to the DENR Central Office in Manila for inclusion in the 2010 Asian Waterbird Census report, RED Galinato says.

He also encourages the host communities of the wetlands included in the Census to extend its full support and cooperation to the undertaking since information gathered during the Census shall be useful for international agreements and other initiatives such as identifying and monitoring sites that qualify as Wetlands of International Importance.

Priority wetlands have been identified for census of waterbirds in region 8. The count shall be undertaken by field personnel from the Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service who have undergone capability enhancement on waterbirds identification.

PAWCZMS Regional Technical Director Ricardo Tomol reveals that there are ten (10) identified priority wetlands in the region slated for inclusion in the Asian Waterbird Census. These are the Basey Wetlands, in Basey; Maqueda Wetlands in Paranas, Motiong and Jiabong towns all in Samar; Guiuan Wetlands in Eastern Samar; Rosario Wetlands, Rosario, Pambujan and Catubig all in Northern Samar.

Identified wetlands in Leyte province are Lake Bito in MacArthur; Inopacan Wetlands, Inopacan, Ormoc Bay Wetlands, Ormoc City; Carigara Bay Wetlands within the towns of Capoocan, Carigara and Barugo and the Canigao Island in Matalom town.

The Asian Waterbird Census aims to contribute to the conservation of waterbirds and their wetland habitats by improving knowledge of little-known waterbird species and wetland sites, among others.

Data gathered through the census shall provide the estimates of waterbird populations, and aid in monitoring changes in waterbird numbers and distribution by regular, standardized counts of representative wetlands. (PIA 8/DENR 8) [top]

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