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WWN in Asia pre-COP Ramsar meeting 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11:32 AM

WWN is participating in the regional Pre-COP meetings, promoting our global survey on the state of wetlands as reported by local communities. Minoru Kashiwagi and his colleagues presented our poster at the Asia meeting prior to the COP. Thanks to our partners from the Wetland Scientific Society (SWS) and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT).

See the preliminary results of the World Wetland Survey here.

12th Japan Korea NGO Wetland Forum

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3:36 PM

WWN’s Regional Representative, Minoru Kashiwagi, played a significant role organising the meeting, and Lou Duff represented WWN in her role as Chair of WWN. Wetland conservation and alignment with the Ramsar Convention is very strong in South Korea. Ramsar COP 10 was held in Changwon in 2008. The NGO leaders who instigated the COP are still very actively involved in wetland education and conservation a decade later, and have an ambitious program of activities planned for 2018 to celebrate a decade of activity since COP 10. Click here to read more.

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Las Piñas wetland action

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Popularly called Freedom Islands, the Las Piñas – Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LLPCHEA) in the Philippines is a wonderful site composed of Freedom and Long islands. It in fact resembles a bird spreading its wings in this Google Map. Adding to its wonder are the 80 migratory and resident birds such as the endemic Philippine Duck, the endangered Chinese Egret, and the rare Pied Avocet that consider this 175-hectare their home. Add to that are the 5,000 migratory birds passing through it from the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

With its thick mangrove forest, LLPCHEA has protected Metro Manila from typhoon surges. Nine species can be found here, including the Nilad, where the city of Manila (Maynilad) got its name. It contributes to sustainability of the livelihood of Manila Bay communities.  Aside from garbage, big corporations have threatened Manila Bay with reclamation projects that will destroy this critical habitat. Affected communities linking arms with organizations committed to protecting LLPCHEA have been struggling against these reclamation projects. Coastal clean-ups have been continuously conducted for the purpose of regularly cleaning-up the coast and for highlighting the issue of reclamation.

Organizations who lead the advocacy for its protection –Save Freedom Island Movement, Earth Island Institute Philippines, and the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, aim to gather more support and raise awareness internationally for the Freedom Islands and the communities caring and protecting it.  Vote for Las Piñas now!

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