Wetlands are diverse and productive ecosystems that are defined as areas that are either permanently or seasonally flooded with water. Such areas exist all around the globe and provide multiple benefits to humans and other living creatures. To highlight the importance of these ecosystems, an international celebration called World Wetlands Day is celebrated annually every 2nd day of February. For the year 2019, we are celebrating with a theme “Wetlands and Climate Change” to remind everyone that wetlands serve a significant role in mitigating climate change and minimizing the damage of environmental impacts.

Jezryl Garcia gave a talk during the WWD 2019 Celebration

In celebration of the World Wetlands Day, the Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (MBCFI) together with the Naujan Lake National Park Protected Area Office (NLNP-PAO) conducted an awareness campaign on February 1, 2019, at Aurelio Arago Memorial National High School (AAMNHS), Brgy. Leido, Victoria, Oriental Mindoro. MBCFI’s Project and Resource Development Officer, Mr. Jezryl Jaeger Garcia, along with Mr. Jose Maria Fontanilla and Mr. Rayson Alfante of NLNP-PAO talked about Mindoro biodiversity, wetlands, and climate change to 94 high school students of AAMNHS. The students have shown active participation during the event as demonstrated by their response during recitations and clarifications during and after the talks. 

Students of Aurelio Arago Memorial National High School with Papan (Flagship Species of Naujan Lake National Park)