2018 Asian Water Bird Census commemorated

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources XII through Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) General Santos City participated in the of Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) 2018.Activities conducted were as follows; consecutive bird watching by CENRO AWC Team on January 16-18, 2018 at Mudflats of Purok - 4, Minanga, Salt Farm of Purok Asinan and Mangrove Areas of Minanga, of the said city.

After such activity, the team has documented at least five - hundred seventeen (517) waterbirds of various species were cited composed of Great Egret, Asiatic Dowitcher, King Fisher, Great Knot, Wood Sandpiper, Cattle Egret and Brahminy Kite.

The census aims, among others, to provide the basis for estimates of waterbird populations; monitoring changes in waterbird numbers and distribution by regular, standardized counts of representative wetlands; improving knowledge of little-known waterbird species and wetland sites; identifying and monitoring (networks of) sites that are important for waterbirds in general and, more specifically, identifying and monitoring sites that qualify as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; to render information on the conservation status of waterbird species, for use by international agreements; and increasing awareness of the importance of waterbirds and their wetland habitats at local, national and international levels.

The Asian Water Bird Census is being held every January, where volunteers across Asia and Australasia visit wetlands in their respective countries and count waterbirds.This event is part of a global waterbird monitoring programme named;International Waterbird Census, coordinated by Wetlands International.

The AWC was initiated in 1987 in the Indian subcontinent and has grown rapidly to cover the region of Asia, from Afghanistan eastwards to Japan, Southeast Asia and Australasia.It includes the entire East Asian-Australasian Flyway and a large part of the Central Asian Flyway. This also runs parallel to other regional programmes of the International Waterbird Census of waterbirds in Africa, Europe, West Asia, the Neotropics and the Caribbean. 
(Reports from: SAADucut Photos:CENROGSC/RPAO/DENRXII)



(February 19, 2018, Koronadal City) (Speaking) Ma. Sabrina Cruz, Director of Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service (SCIS) based at DENR Central Office underscored the need to capacitate regional frontlines on the move of the Department to institutionalize 8888 Hotline with the Action Center of DENR in different platforms. 

A Mindanao Cluster composed of Region 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 were recently briefed on the policies and protocols of 8888 Hotline that would adhere to its objective of providing a concrete and specific action within 72 hours. 

Further, Director Cruz disclosed that 8888 Hotline is based at the Office of the President and disseminates public complaints to the concerned government agencies. (RHSumagpao)

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