Friday,March 13, 2020

Featured Wetland


๐๐ž๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ ๐Ž๐œ๐œ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐‚๐จ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐–๐ž๐ญ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐€๐ซ๐ž๐š (๐๐Ž๐‚๐–๐‚๐€) is the seventh Ramsar site of the Philippines. It was designated as a Wetland of International Importance on October 20, 2016.


NOCWCA is a contiguous wetlands area with a coastline of 109.52 kilometers covering 52 coastal barangays within three (3) cities and seven (7) municipalities of Negros Occidental. It serves as a habitat of globally threatened species, extensive mangroves and mudflats that serve as feeding grounds of thousands of migratory birds. The high biodiversity in the area also supports the livelihood of coastal communities and serves as a major food source for Negros Occidental. Eighty species of birds were recorded in NOCWCA including the globally endangered Great knot (๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด), Far Eastern curlew (๐˜•๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ด) and Nordmannโ€™s greenshank (๐˜›๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ). Other threatened species that are present in the area include the Irrawaddy dolphin (๐˜–๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด), and three species of marine turtles, the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle (๐˜Œ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ข), endangered Green turtle (๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ด) and Olive ridley turtle (๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ข).



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