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Sorsogon town cited 2009 outstanding wetland conservationist

by BA Recebido

Sorsogon Province (17 February) -- The municipal government of Prieto Diaz, this province, has proven anew its considerable contributions in the conservation and management of wetland areas after being cited Outstanding Wetlands Conservationist for the Local Government Unit (LGU) category in the Philippine Wetlands Conservation Award (PWCA) 2009.

Prieto Diaz Mayor Benito Doma personally received the award at DENR central office on February 2, this year, coinciding with the celebration of the World Wetlands Day.

The awards program is spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (DENR-PAWB).

It can be noted that four LGUs, including Sorsogon City and Prieto Diaz, Bulan, Castilla towns, all from this province were nominated by the DENR provincial office to the PWCA in February last year.

DENR Sorsogon chief Oscar Dominguez said that Prieto Diaz was cited for establishing an integrative effort in conserving, protecting and sustainably managing their wetland ecosystem through the passage of local ordinances, community empowerment, restoration and rehabilitation of mangrove plantation and establishment of marine sanctuary, partnership and linkaging, among others.

Amlan of Negros Oriental in Visayas shared similar citation in the PWCA LGU category.

Two other local governments were given special citations for their specific contributions in wetland rehabilitation; Bais City in Negros Oriental for "Science Based Mangrove Rehabilitation of Bais Bay"; Bani municipal government in Pangasinan for its effort to establish and manage the "Bangrin Mangroves", which both receive plaques of recognition.

Each LGU winner receives a plaque of recognition and cash prize worth P50,000 from Ford Foundation, San Miguel Corporation and Manila Water.

No winner was declared for the Individual and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)/ People's Organizations (POs) Category.

The Philippine Wetlands Conservation Award is a pioneering incentive award that started in 1994 during the term of then DENR Secretary Elizea Gozun, recognizing significant contributions of individuals, NGOs, POs and LGUs in the sustainable use of the country's wetlands.

This year's theme for the World Wetland Day celebration is "Caring for Wetlands: An Answer to Climate Change".

The World Wetland day celebration is among the DENR-PAWB's long list of event for the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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