In celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity 2021, the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources launches “BiodiverCity” Photo Contest. The contest which is open to all Photographers, photo enthusiasts and all nature-lovers hobbyist focuses on celebrating biodiversity in the city or “Urban Biodiversity”.
Urban Biodiversity is quite a new term as biodiversity is commonly associated with rural areas. However, it is important to note that biodiversity also exists in cities and other urban areas.
The role of cities in biodiversity conservation becomes increasingly relevant. Many urban areas host many species and a number of cities also contain protected areas within or just outside their borders that provide an important contribution to biodiversity.
Urban biodiversity ranges from the rural fringe to the urban core. At the landscape and habitat level it includes remnants of natural landscapes like leftovers of primeval forests, traditional agricultural landscapes like meadows, areas of arable land, urban–industrial landscapes like city centers, residential areas, industrial parks, railway areas, formal parks, gardens, and brown fields.
It provides a wide array of benefits to the community such as improved health and well-being, provision of food for urban dwellers, and unique opportunities for learning and education about a resilient and sustainable future. It also helps mitigate the effects of climate change such as lower ambient temperature, improves air and water quality, reduces flooding, supports wildlife and habitats, and contributes to local economy.
In the Philippines, the social, health, economic and environmental benefits of urban biodiversity to individuals as well as to the community are evident. People use green spaces and parks to relax and connect with nature, as well as for tourism, recreation and fitness.
More details and the mechanics of the contest can be found thru this link