Wetlands are diverse and productive ecosystems 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. Recognizing the importance of these ecosystems, an international environmental event called World Wetlands Day is celebrated annually every 2nd day of February. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Wetlands and Climate Change,” to remind everyone that wetlands have vital roles of mitigating climate change and minimizing damage of environmental impacts.
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 last February 1, 2019 at Aurelio Arago Memorial National High School (AAMNHS), Brgy. Leido, Victoria, Oriental Mindoro. Our Project Development and Resource 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 evidenced by their response during recitations and clarifications during and after the talks.