Wetlands Conservation CY 2011

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Monitoring of Selected Priority Wetlands and Migratory Birds’ Sites

As part of the activities for the prevention of bird flu, twenty-six (26) bodies of water which are also birds’ sites are being monitored where Asian waterbird census was conducted. See Annex III-21 for the list of migratory birds sites.

In the province of Cavite, four (4) species were monitored, namely: Little Egret (705), Black Winged Stilts (40), Plovers (34) and Terns (15). It was observed that there is a decrease in the number of birds counted compared to previous years’ observation. The decline may possibly be attributed to the on-going coastal road construction R1 in Kawit and portion of Bacoor, Cavite. ANNEX III 2

 Management of Lalaguna Marsh

Lalaguna Marsh is located near the tip of Lamon Bay and is approximately eight (8) kilometers southwest of the town proper of Lopez, Quezon. Survey and assessment of the area was conducted.

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Previous studies and reports revealed that the marsh is 300 hectares during the dry season and 500 hectares during the wet season (Fabellar 1983). Actual survey using Handheld Global Positioning System conducted last May 2011 revealed that the marsh has an area of 292.0 hectares .

The marsh is used for subsistence fishing. Mudfish, Tilapia and eels can still be harvested from the marsh. Ducks and geese are also raised by the local people taking advantage of the presence of shell fishes in the marsh. Water hyacinths are harvested and used by the people for weaving mats and baskets although very few are observed in this livelihood activity. The periphery of the marsh is planted with coconut which is the principal source of livelihood of the local people.

The Management Plan for Lalaguna Marsh was prepared with the participation of DENR-CENRO Calauag, Local Government Units (LGUs) of Lopez, Quezon and the communities residing within the periphery of Lalaguna Marsh thru the conduct of two (2) public consultations. PIC 112812 2

The plan aims to preserve the integrity of the marsh and its resources by prescribing appropriate land-use practices within its vicinities as well as to provide livelihood activities through ecotourism. The said plan also includes Site Information, Bio-physical Profile, Socio-economic Profile, Legal and Institutional Framework, Identified Problems/Issues and the management plan, programs and strategies. In addition to, the nomination of Lalaguna Marsh as Ramsar Site was submitted to Central Office together with the accomplished 2009 – 2012 version of Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands (RIS) supporting the inclusion of Lalaguna Marsh in the list of wetlands of international importance.