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CMS COP 12 Logo Launch            

Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita Lim explained the meaning behind the symbols and colors depicted in the CMS COP 12 logo during the launch of the logo for the 12th COP meeting of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 12), held at the Philippine Senate on Tuesday (February 28). 

The unveiling of the logo was lead by climate change committee chair Senator Loren Legarda, environment and natural resources committee chair Senator Cynthia Villar, and CMS Secretariat Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Lambertus Lenten.

2nd Namunit Festival Biodiversity Conservation Seminar
25-26 February 2017
Sta. Teresita, Cagayan

bcseminar1The Biodiversity Conservation Seminar participants pose for a souvenir photo with the DENR-BMB staff

The DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau participated in the 2nd Namunit Festival at Sta. Teresita, Cagayan. The theme of this year’s festival, “Bakong sa Lawa, Hatid ay Biyaya, Hiblang Pangkabuhayan, Ginhawa ng Pamayanan,” aimed to promote and strengthen the Bakong, as one of the the town’s source of livelihood. Bakong is an endemic type of hyacinth plant found in Lake Bangalao Sta. Teresita, Cagayan. The plant’s fiber is used in making handicrafts and woven fabric. Apart from the Bakong industry, the town also takes pride of the ecotourism potential of the numerous caves and cone karst formations that are similar to the Chocolate Hills found in Bohol.

Representatives from Bureau of Customs and Biodiversity Management Bureau with the Rhinoceros horns.

The horns were intercepted by the BOC in September 2012 at the Manila International Container Port in South Harbor, Manila. The shipment was declared as cashew nuts by the shipper, the Chistevas Import and Export, Maputo City, Mozambique.

The Rhinoceros population is listed under Appendix I of the CITES, which means that international trade of the species, including its parts and by-products is strictly prohibited.



DENR Secretary Gina Lopez together with Senator Loren Legarda hosted a dinner reception for the GCF Secretariat headed by its Executive Director, Ambassador Howard Bamsey. Sec. Lopez welcomed the GCF Secretariat to the Philippines and thanked them for including the country in their itinerary. She further urged the GCF officials to visit more of the country's protected areas where they can witness the country's rich biodiversity resources. The GCF, once accessed by the Philippines will be a vital source of support in conserving the country's biodiversity. This will enable communities increase resilience and cope with the impacts of climate change.

2017 World Wetlands Day Youth Ecological Camp
“Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”
wwd201708The participants of the 2017 World Wetlands Day Youth Ecological Camp doing their morning warm-up activity. (Photo courtesy of SCPW) 
The DENR-BMB in partnership with the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. (SCPW) conducted the World Wetlands Day Youth Ecological Camp on February 13-15, 2017 at Vicky’s Farm House Resort in Talisay, Batangas. It was participated in by 30 Grades 8 and 9 students (8 males, 22 females) and five (5) teachers (3 males, 2 females) from the five (5) Secondary Schools in Talisay namely: San Guillermo Academy, Talisay Polytechnic Institute, Talisay High School, Talisay School of Agriculture and Balas Buco Sta. Maria National High School.