World Wetlands Day is observed every year on February 2. It is celebrated to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971, (Ramsar Convention) in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention with the theme ‘Wetlands and Water’.
The Philippines currently have 7 RAMSAR sites.
World Migratory Bird Day was initiated in 2006 by the Secretariat of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). Since then, WMBD has been celebrated annually and has been growing in popularity with more countries, organizations and people joining the campaign every year.
International Coastal Cleanup Day was established by the Ocean Conservancy, an organization that work to help protect the ocean from the challenges it faces every year.
Held every third Saturday of September of each year, thousands and thousands of volunteers from around the globe participate, clearing tons of trash from coastlines, rivers and lakes and recording every piece of trash collected on the Ocean Trash Data Form.
International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) provides the opportunity to make a difference in a global movement by getting rid of trash/debris from our shorelines, rivers, lakes and waterways; raising environmental awareness; and providing information which will guide and influence governments, corporations and industries in developing smart solutions to the marine debris problem.
Indigenous peoples, today, are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world, yet they are the best custodians of nature. More than a quarter of the global land area is traditionally owned, managed, used or occupied by indigenous peoples, and some of the world’s most biodiverse areas are found within their lands. Therefore, their traditional knowledge is key to understanding nature. To recognize that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and ways of life the international community commemorates 9 August as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
United Nations General Assembly Resolution16.1 designating 3 March as World Wildlife Day, in order to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora, and recognized the important role of CITES in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the survival of species.
Globally, around 25% of all animal and plant species are threatened with extinction. This year the International Day for Biological Diversity is targeted towards raising awareness and building momentum on the importance of biodiversity as well as global issues on biodiversity loss.
In the Philippines, the month of May each year was declared as “Month of the Ocean (MOO)” through the Presidential Proclamation No. 57 issued in 1999. This month was dedicated to highlighting the significance of sustainable management of Philippine marine resources in ensuring a better future for humanity.
Proclamation No. 79 s, 1999 was signed into law declaring June 4-10 of every year as the Philippine Eagle Week (PEW). This yearly celebration highlights the ecological importance and social significance of the Philippine Eagle.
World Oceans Day takes place annually on the 8th of June. The concept was originally proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
After successful global promotion, the United Nations officially recognize the celebration on December 2008.
Held every June 9, this is a celebration of the Coral Triangle. Just as the Amazon is the symbol of the world’s rainforests – the so-called lungs of the earth – the Coral Triangle is developing iconic status as a marine treasure – the centre of the global marine diversity. The event is celebrated in several locations around the Coral Triangle region through simultaneous activities such as beach clean-ups, mangrove planting, sustainable seafood dinners and exhibitions, bazaars, and beach parties, among others.
June was declared Philippine Environment Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 237 signed on April 4, 1988, by President Corazon Aquino. The proclamation emphasizes the necessity to heighten environmental consciousness among Filipinos.
The celebration coincides with World Environment Day, which is marked on June 5 every year.