Surigao: A wetland in Del Carmen selected for being RAMSAR Site nominee on Wetland of International Importance

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Congratulations Del Carmen Mangrove Reserve of Siargao Island Protected Landscape and Seascape for being RAMSAR Site Nominee on Wetland of International Importance.

How Ramsar sites are selected?

These criteria are based on wetlands being home to different species, ecological communities, waterbirds or fish.

A wetland can be considered internationally important if any of the following nine criteria apply:

1: “it contains a representative, rare, or unique example of a natural or near-natural wetland type found within the appropriate biogeographic region.”

2: “it supports vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered species or threatened ecological communities.”

3: “it supports populations of plant and/or animal species important for maintaining the biological diversity of a particular biogeographic region.”

4: “it supports plant and/or animal species at a critical stage in their life cycles, or provides refuge during adverse conditions.”

5: “it regularly supports 20,000 or more waterbirds.”

6: “it regularly supports 1% of the individuals in a population of one species or subspecies of waterbird.”

7: “it supports a significant proportion of indigenous fish subspecies, species or families, life-history stages, species interactions and/or populations that are representative of wetland benefits and/or values and thereby contributes to global biological diversity.”

8: “it is an important source of food for fishes, spawning ground, nursery and/or migration path on which fish stocks, either within the wetland or elsewhere, depend.”

9: “it regularly supports 1% of the individuals in a population of one species or subspecies of wetland-dependent non-avian animal species.”

Way to go Municipality of Del Carmen!

(Source: Municipality of Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, Philippines Facebook page)

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