PPUR declared as Wetland of International Importance

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, July 18 (PIA) -- The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) has been listed as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands.

The declaration was made during the Ramsar Convention held in Bucharest, Romania and witnessed by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio.

The Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the DENR nominated the inclusion of the PPUR in the list. It was nominated for its importance as a biodiversity conservation covering entire mountain-to-sea ecosystem and itís a habitat to eight types of forests; inland wetlands; karst ecosystem; and coastal wetlands like tidal flats and sea grass beds.

Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn thanked DENR for the nomination which eventually led to the declaration of PPUR as a Wetland of International Importance.

The Ramsar Convention, an international treaty that seeks to conserve and sustainably utilize wetlands and protect them from progressive encroachment, was adopted in the Iranian City of Ramsar in 1971. It covers all geographic regions of the world, with the Philippines as the 119th signatory to the convention. (LBR/VSM/PIA-Palawan)