Philippines inaugurates its 8th RAMSAR Site

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฎ๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐š๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐š๐ง ๐๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š ๐‚๐จ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐–๐ž๐ญ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ (๐’๐๐‚๐–) ๐š๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ–๐ญ๐ก ๐–๐ž๐ญ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ˆ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž, ๐จ๐ซ ๐‘๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ๐š๐ซ ๐’๐ข๐ญ๐ž, ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐Ÿ ๐…๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ, ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐œ๐œ๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ #๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐๐–๐ž๐ญ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽ๐ญ๐ก ๐€๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ๐š๐ซ ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ง ๐–๐ž๐ญ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ. ๐ˆ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐๐ž๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ฌ ๐‘๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ๐š๐ซ ๐’๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐๐จ. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“.

The SPCW is a wetland complex of coastal waters interconnected with mangroves, mudflats, and a river ecosystem that offer a range of ecosystem services at the local and regional levels. The Site fulfills four (4) Ramsar criteria, confirming the international significance of its biodiversity and its services both at the species and ecosystems level. Itโ€™s designation as the Philippinesโ€™ latest Ramsar Site is a collaborative effort between the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau, DENR Central Luzon Regional Office, PENRO Pampanga, and the Local Government Units of the Municipality of Sasmuan and the Province of Pampanga. A mangrove islet named as the Sasmuan Bangkung Malapad Critical Habitat Ecotourism Area , lies at the โ€œHeart of SPCWโ€ which serves as a home to a variety of species of mangroves including the vulnerable ๐˜ˆ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ข ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข, according to a 2017 flora assessment conducted by PENRO Pampanga. Marine animals including a diverse number of fish and crustaceans also thrive in the area.

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