BICOL REGION PARTICIPATES IN ANNUAL ASIAN WATERBIRD CENSUS

BICOL REGION PARTICIPATES IN ANNUAL ASIAN WATERBIRD CENSUS

 

At least three important sites for migratory birds in the Bicol Region were covered during the conduct of the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) this year.

Migratory waterbirds were carefully observed and counted at the Cabusao Wetland Critical Habitat in Cabusao, Camarines Sur and the Chico and Naro Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Cawayan, Masbate on January 10, 17 and 18, 2019.

The AWC was participated in by the technical staff of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V and the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Cabusao, Camarines Sur and Cawayan, Masbate.

Some of the species identified during the bird watching or birding includes curlew, night heron, bittern, little egret, purple heron, plover, tattler, sandpiper, pacific reef heron, intermediate egret, great egret and common tern.

The AWC is held every January, which coincides with other international census of waterbirds in Africa, Europe and Neotropics under the umbrella of the International Waterbird Census (IWC).  

The conduct of AWC aimed to provide a baseline data on the estimates and monitor the changes of waterbird population, improve knowledge of waterbird species and wetland sites, identify and monitor sites that are important for waterbirds in general and those sites that may qualify as “Wetlands of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and increase the awareness on the importance of waterbirds and their habitat.

            DENR Bicol encourages the public to join in bird watching as well as in the protection and conservation activities of wildlife species and their habitat biodiversity which is in accordance with Republic Act (RA) No. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.### (Article by: JNLoria)

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DENR BICOL HEAPS ON EFFORTS FOR THE RAPU-RAPU MINE REHABILITATION

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by OIC-Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Gil A. Aromin heaps on its efforts for the Rapu-Rapu Mine Rehabilitation.

Officer-In-Charge Assistant Secretary for Field Operations/Southern Luzn Reynulfo Juan said in a meeting on February 6, 2019 together with the DENR Bicol Officials that there is a need to discose to the public the status of the mine rehabilitation to demonstrate the ecological balance in the area and the existing management plans being implemented by the Department.

Atty. Arnel P. Rodriguez, Assistant Regional Director for Managment Services, said that it is the law and the program of DENR to rehabilitate the Rau-Rapu mine.

Further, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V Director Guillermo C. Molina Jr., IV said that the Department's mine rehabilitation development plan indicated eco-tourism as the final land use.

"This will ensure alternative skill and sustainable livelihood opportunities for former mine employees and their dependents," Director Molina said. ### (Article by: JMM) 

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DENR BICOL HAS A NEW GUARD. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol has a new guard in the person of Atty. Gil A. Aromin, CESO IV. By virtue of Special Order 2019-07 dated January 7, 2019, Atty. Aromin will lead DENR Bicol replacing Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag, CESO IV who will also serve as RED of DENR Region 2.

DENR BICOL CONDUCTS YOUTH FORUM IN CAMARINES NORTE

DENR BICOL SPEARHEADS INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEAN-UP 2018

Masbate Kids Celebrate WMBD. (Photo by: Cyrus Job Dela Cruz)

Sunset as seen near the Naro Island Wildlife Sanctuary (NIWS), a Protected Area (PA) located at the southern part of Masbate Province. (Photo by: Cyrus Job Dela Cruz)

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