𝐍𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐬 𝐎𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐖𝐞𝐭𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐫𝐞𝐚 (𝐍𝐎𝐂𝐖𝐂𝐀) 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 (𝘊𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘥𝘳𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘶𝘪𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘴), Far Eastern curlew (𝘕𝘶𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘶𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴) and Nordmann’s greenshank (𝘛𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘢 𝘨𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘦𝘳). Other threatened species that are present in the area include the Irrawaddy dolphin (𝘖𝘳𝘤𝘢𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘢 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘴), and three species of marine turtles, the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle (𝘌𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘮𝘰𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘺𝘴 𝘪𝘮𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘢), endangered Green turtle (𝘊𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘢 𝘮𝘺𝘥𝘢𝘴) and Olive ridley turtle (𝘓𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘥𝘰𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘺𝘴 𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘢).