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Honoring the Bakawan Warriors this World Wetlands Day 2021

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every February 2nd of each year in order to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. They are critical for the maintenance of biodiversity and perform a great role in the biosphere.

This year’s theme shines a spotlight on wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages actions to restore them and stop their loss. The 2021 campaign highlights the contribution of wetlands to the quantity and quality of freshwater on our planet. Water and wetlands are connected in an inseparable co-existence that is vital to life, our well being and the health of our planet. Because everything is linked together and our planet matters.

Team CORA celebrated this day in the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (one of the Philippines' 7 Ramsar sites) through a safe, socially-distanced cleanup! We also honored nature's frontliners -- the Bakawan (WoMangrove) Warriors -- who have worked hard to make sure that our wetlands are protected especially during this time of crisis.

LPPCHEA is a nature reserve situated south of Manila Bay, covering around 175 hectares of wetland ecosystem. It consists of two islands - Freedom Island and Long Island - with mangroves, ponds and lagoons, mudflats, salt marshes, and mixed beach forests.

The Bakawan Warriors and Team CORA | DENR-NCR focal officer for LPPCHEA Rey Aguinaldo | Gising Gising PH Vegetable Packages

Through your kind donations, CORA has been able to also offer CORA Care Kits and boxes of nutritious vegetables from Gising Gising PH that these selfless warriors can take home to their families.

How can I volunteer?

While volunteering for clean-ups remain closed for now, you can still do your part through reducing your waste, recycling, and practicing proper waste disposal!

You may also donate to CORA so that we may be able to help support the Bakawan Warriors and the overall protection of LPPCHEA here:

Happy World Wetlands Day, planeteers!

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