BUTUAN City, PH — The Ramsar Convention Secretariat has featured GIZ-COSERAM’s work in the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary in its March publication entitled “Learning from Experience: How Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Contribute to Wetland Conservation in Asia and Oceania”.
The feature is entitled “Blending Spiritual Beliefs and Modern Science to Protect Agusan Marsh Ramsar Site” under the chapter titled “Application of Traditional Beliefs and Knowledge for Wetland Management” and can be found in Pages 16-19 of the publication.
The feature is about the good practice of using time-honored methods for sustainable wetland use and/or management such as the application of traditional beliefs and knowledge, better known as indigenous knowledge systems and practices (IKSP), for wetland management.
Emmilie T. Ibonia, supervising Ecosystems Management Specialist/ Protected Area Superintendent-Designate of Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, and development worker Ferit Temur, GIZ-COSERAM technical advisor to DENR Region 13 contributed to the feature, which also borrowed from COSERAM’s knowledge product Entitled “Negotiating with the Spirits-Recognizing the Conservation Values of Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices of the Agusanon Manobo, Agusan del Sur, Philippines“ by Nicole Bendsen, Adonis Gonzales, Ferit Temur, and Mae Carla Sharon Jasma.
The Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary was registered as Ramsar Site No. 1009 on November 12, 1999.
The Ramsar Convention, also called Convention on Wetlands, is the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The Convention was adopted in the Iranian City of Ramsar, thus the name, in 1971 and came into force in 1975. Since then, almost 90 percent of UN member states, from all the world’s geographic regions, have acceded to become “contracting parties” of the Convention.
The Philippines, which currently has seven sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites) such as the Agusan Marsh, became a Convention contracting party on November 8, 1994.