To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”
– Terry Tempest Williams, testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Forest & Public Lands Management regarding the Utah Public Lands Management Act of 1995. Washington, D.C. July 13, 1995.
* Wildness – a quality of interactive processing between organism and nature where the realities of base natures are met, allowing the construction of durable systems.
Hello Buddies! 🙂
Another season of awareness and reflection came……
Daddy Earth’s with us now for another topic about our environment…
Hmmmm… Have you heard about the wetlands?
Well, yes, it’s something new, right?
Indeed, it’s something new in our ears and brain but not in the world.
Alright.. To introduce wetlands to you guys… Here it goes…
According to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance or RAMSAR Convention,
wetlands are areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres. (Article 1.1).
To imply its importance in this discussion, here’s its significance…..
Wetlands are part of our natural wealth and have been critical to the development and survival of human communities. The advancing technological skills of human communities may seem to have supplanted the role of Nature, but recent environment catastrophes – floods, landslides, storms, many with their roots in unsustainable land use practices – suggest otherwise.
To get your attention and interest… Wetlands are not just a concept of environment…
It’s real. In fact, Philippines has those.
One of the wetlands in the Philippines that we are taking care and proud of is the Lake Sebu.
Lake Sebu is located in the region of SOCCSKSARGEN or Region XII (Central Mindanao).
Lake Sebu is a beautiful inland sea on the island of Mindanao, the most Southern Island of the Philippines. This lake is located in the southern Tiruray Highlands at an altitude of almost 300m (984ft). Lake Sebu is surrounded by rolling hills and forested mountains. The area of Lake Sebu is recognized as the T’boli and Ubo ancestral domain.
Lake Sebu is one of the water bodies that provide irrigation water for rice lands throughout the provinces of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.
It is recognized as one of the most important watershed areas in the country.
It is a 92,450 hectares landscape. More than one half of the land around the lake is cultivated for agriculture
The entire region or area has different ecological factors aside from the Lake Sebu itsef such as many small streams, creeks, rivers, and springs.
To further assure if this wetland is protected.. Here are the laws securing the protection of Lake Sebu…
PROCLAMATION NO. 2455: ESTABLISHING AS WATERSHED FOREST RESERVATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROTECTING, MAINTAINING, OR IMPROVING ITS WATER YIELD AND PROVIDING A RESTRAINING MECHANISM FOR INAPPROPRIATE FOREST EXPLOITATION AND LAND-USE, A PARCEL OF LAND IN THE PROVINCES OF SULTAN KUDARAT AND SOUTH COTABATO, ISLAND OF MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES.
Allah Valley Watershed Forest Reserve (WFR) (general name) was proclaimed as a Protected Landscape last 24th of September 1985. The purpose of the proclamation was primarily to protect the area from further degradation. The involved locations of this WFR are Isulan, Banga, Surallah, Kiamba, and South Cotabato.
PROCLAMATION NO. 65: ESTABLISHING AS SEBU WATERSHED FOREST RESERVE THE PARCEL OF PUBLIC DOMAIN PER B.F. MAP NO. WR-6 SITUATED IN THE MUNICIPALITIES OF BANGA AND KIAMBA, PROVINCE OF COTABATO, PHILIPPINES.
Within the Allah Valley WFR is the Lake Sebu Watershed Forest Reserve. Lake Sebu WFR was proclaimed as a Protected Landscape last 4th of August 1966 with 9,900 hectares. The involved areas are T’boli and Banga, South Cotabato.
These laws are really precise and strong as it takes for almost 29 years (the Proc. 2455) and 48 years (the Proc. 65). Hoping that the government officials are still working on these nowadays.
These protection will not be published just to protect the wetland itself but to protect and preserve also those living or nonliving creatures or organisms in it.
Aside from the human presence in the area, wildlife’s protection is also a goal. This area has communities of birds such as Philippine cockatoos, swallows, kingfishers, kites, herons, and egrets that have made their permanent homes in the area. Philippine deer and wild pig are still seen but considered as endangered. So more likely, these creatures stay in this area only or mostly.
To protect this resource and for the easily adaptation of the wildlife creatures, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is undergoing reforestation in open lands and grasslands within the protected area. A bamboo plantation was also established in the southeastern portion of the watershed. Other conservation efforts are being explored involving all members of the communities within the area so that sustained development can continue without undue damage to Lake Sebu. In this way, there will be no harms between/for the people, wetlands, animals and plants
After all the research I made, I can say that all wetlands are the same. They are all made and protected for one purpose: to protect and nourish the creatures in and surrounding it and wetland itself for the needs of the living creatures and the nature as well. Wetland area is significant for it is a best resource of the needs of the people and the best area that no one can ever harm and destroy environment.
To conclude this, wetland environments must be protected for the benefits of all living creatures in this world. Those should be protected also to preserve or maintain the beauty and life of nature. These are the areas that keep the earth clean, green and alive. 😉
To achieve this goals, I know that people should take steps… First thing is that human being must be a disciplined and concerned citizen. Secondly, including I, we must practice throwing garbage to its proper bin not in the lakes or rivers or just everywhere. Next is we should avoid exposing chemicals in our environment and lastly, we should love our environment more than the technological gadgets that can’t feed us nor give us life.
Let’s all focus more and have heart for the environment that we or our life depends on. 🙂