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4 LGUs of Sorsogon nominatewd to 2009 Philippine Wetlands Conservation Awards

by Bennie A. Recebido

Sorsogon Province (February 9) -- Four Local Government Units of this province were nominated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Provincial Office to the 2009 Philippine Wetlands Conservation Awards - Call for Nomination.

Invitation were sent by the provincial DENR to Sorsogon City Mayor Leovic Dioneda, Prieto Diaz Mayor Benito Doma, Bulan Mayor Mayor Helen Rose De Castro and Castilla Mayor Olivia M. Bermillo.

According to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Oscar Dominguez, said LGUs were invited to the said nominations due to its exemplary contributions in the wise use of their wetlands.

Wetlands, as defined during the Ramsar Convention, refer to areas of marsh, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static, flowing, fresh, brackish or salty, including areas of marine, which depth at low tide does not exceed six meters.

Included in the criteria, he said, were the significant contributions of LGUs in wetland conservation, education and public awareness, conservation policies, community empowerment, wise use and/or restoration and rehabilitation of their respective wetlands.

"It is also a must that nominated LGUs have sustainable wetland activities, provide conservation linkages and partnership and must have clearly demonstrated efforts toward Integrated Coastal Management," he said.

Dominguez further said that the Philippine Wetlands Conservation Awards is part of World Wetlands celebration this year, wherein, World Wetlands will give Incentive Awards in recognition of the significant contributions not only of the local government units but also of individuals and people's organizations on the wise use of the country's wetlands.

Nominations or entries are to be submitted directly to DENR-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau until February 28, 2009.

Awarding of winners is scheduled in May 2009 during the Biodiversity Day and Ocean Month Celebration.

The prizes per category for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao for individual category is P25,000 and plaque of recognition, P50,000 and plaque of recognition for PO or local NGO category and P50,000 and plaque of recognition for the LGU category.

Meanwhile, the World Wet Land Day was celebrated on February 2 with this year's theme "Upstream - Downstream: Wetland Connects Us All," which focuses on the impact of river basins, its interconnections with its immediate environment, how wetlands benefit from it and how the activities of people throughout the river basins may affect their wetland. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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