Why a Wetland School?


Since its inception in 1998 20 years ago, the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. (SCPW) has focused its activities in communicating the importance of wetlands and advocated for its conservation and wise use. This has been demonstrated in the numerous and intensive communication strategies and campaigns which are also in support of the efforts of the national authority that has now resulted in tangible outcomes in terms of increased public awareness and stakeholder capacity. As a testament to this, “wetlands” is now a term that is familiar to people and communities and has gained attention even with the media and policy- makers.

Over the years, the SCPW has developed CEPA (communication, capacity building, education, participation and awareness) approaches, methods, tools and materials and implemented events and activities successfully within their area of operations. These CEPA gems can be more useful if these are shared among the different stakeholders that may benefit from them. Examples of these stakeholders are Ramsar Site managers who are still struggling how to prepare their very first CEPA Action Plan and those which need updating. More importantly, Local Government Units with jurisdiction on wetlands outside of protected areas and other conservation designated wetlands will benefit immensely from this initiative.

The SCPW Wetland School Project


To have a systematic way of disseminating information and sharing know-how, the SCPW is envisioning the establishment of a “Wetland School” that will not only make these knowledge products available but will also conduct training on how to use them. Initially, the Wetland School will be a virtual hub that will provide methods and tools online and conduct virtual training on how to use some of them. In the future, the Wetland School will have its physical home in one of the SCPW-supported Wetland Centers where a more robust CEPA which includes capacity-building curriculum will be in place. 

Objectives

  1. To initiate the establishment of a “Wetland School” through a virtual wetland hub.
  2. To conduct at least three capacity-building activities for wetland managers.
  3. To prepare a road map for the establishment of an operational and sustainable “Wetland School”

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