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List of Nationally and Internationally-significant Environmental Events/Celebrations
Brief Description of the Event or Celebration
National Zero Waste Month
Presidential Proclamation No. 760, Series of 2014
The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 promotes environment awareness and action among the citizenry and institutionalizes public participantion in the development of national and local integrated, comprehensive and ecological waste management programs.
World Wetlands Day
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
This is an annual celebration of the vital importance of international wetlands to ecological and human health. it marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February
World Wildlife Day
United Nations General Assembly dated December 20, 2013
In its resolution, the General Assembly readdirmed the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions, including ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic, to sustainable development and human well-being, and recognized the important role of Convention on International trade does not threaten species' survival.
International Day of Forests
United Nations General Assembly dated February 20, 2013
The occasion is intended to be one of the world's leading global platforms for the people with an interest in forest and climate change to share their views and work together to ensure forest are suitably incorporated into any future climate change mitigation and adaption strategies.
World Water Day / Philippine Water Week
March 22/ 4th Week of March
1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) Rio de Janeiro
This world day for water was observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development contained in chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resources) of Agenda 21. States were invited to devote the Day to implement the UN recommendations and set up concrete activities as deemed approptiate in the national context.
International Earth Day/ Month of Planet Earth
Presidential Proclamation No. 1481, and 1482
Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. Our mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment. We pursue our mission through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer activism campaigns. Our campaign and programs are predicted on the belief that an educated, energized population will take actions to secure a healthy future for itself and its children. Earth Day Network has a global reach with a network of more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries. More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.
Month of the Ocean
Presidential Proclamation No. 57, series of 1999
Proclamation No. 57 dated January 9, 1999 declares the Month of May as the Month of the Ocean in the Phillipines.
The International Day for Biological Diversity
Convention on Biological Diversity
The United Nations proclaimed May 22 as International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
World Environment Day/ Philippine Environment Month
Jun 5/ June
Presidential Proclamation no. 237
World Environment Day (WED) was established by the General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.
Commemorated yearly on 5 June, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwideawareness of the environment and enhance political attention and action.
Philippine Eagle Week
Proclamation No. 79
Said Proclamation aims specifically i) to strengthen public awareness on the significant role of the Philippine Eagle in the forest ecosystem, and its importance as a national symbol and unique heritage, among others; ii) to generate unified and concerted efforts among all sectors of the society to ensure the protection and perpetuation of the species; and iii) to encourage non-government organizations, private companies or corporations, people's organization, academic and scientific organizations and all another interested parties to participate in the annual celebration of the Philippine Eagle Week.
World Day to Combat Desertification
1994 United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.
National Arbor Day
Proclamation No. 643 that amended Proclamation No. 396 of June 2, 2003
The "active participation of all government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, private sector, schools, civil society groups and the citizenry in tree planting activity.
National Disaster Conciousness Month
Executive Order No. 137 dated August 10, 1999
National Disaster Conciousness Month aimed to increase awareness of every Filipino to the ever threatening disasters for a better appreciation of the government's disaster preparedness program.
National Clean-Up Month/ Internationl Coastal Clean-Up Weekend
September/3rd Weekend of September
This event was just the beginning of a movement for cleaner beaches and marine habitats. In a few years, what had been a local clean-up grew to encompass the 25 U.S. States and territories. In 1989, the Clean-Up the World weekend, officially became an international event, with the involvement of responsible citizens of Canada and Mexico. Today, half a million citizens from almost 100 countries participate in the Clean-Up, and it has grown into an annual event, motivating people the world over to get outside and do something for their coastal environment.
National Ozone Protection Month/ International Ozone Day
September / September 16
DepEd Memo No. 358, s. 2007 Montreal Protocol
The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer came into force on 1 January 1989 when it had been ratified by 29 countries and the European Economy Community (EEC).
As of February 2007, 191 countries have ratified the Protocol, representing an international effort to safeguard the ozone layer through controls on production, consumption and use of ozone-depleting substances (ODS).
National Tamaraw Month
Presidential Proclamation No. 273
Under said Proclamation, all government offices, agencies and instrumentalities in the whole Island of Mindoro are urged to implement activities geared toward the conservation of the Tamaraw and its habitats at least during the month of October.
International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
October 20 - 26
2012 International Conference on Chemicals Management
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were invited to establish a global partnership to promote phasing out the use of lead in paints, ie, the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (GAELP). The Alliance aims to catalyze efforts to prevent children's exposure to lead from paints and to minimize occupational exposures to lead paint.
Philippine Clean Air Month
Presidential Proclamation No. 1109, s. 1997 - Clean Air Month
Republic Act No. 8749 - Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999
A continuing air quality information and education campaign shall promoted by the Department, the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), the Department on Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA). Consistent with Sec 7 of this Act, such campaign shall encourage the participation of other government agencies and the private sector including non-government organizations, the academe, environment groups and other private entities in a multi-sectoral information campaign.
National Environmental Awareness Month
Republic Act No. 9512 - National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008
Pursuant to the policy set forth in this Act, the month of November of every year shall be known as the Environmental Awareness Month throughout the Philippines.
National Climate Change Consciousness Week
November 19 - 25
Presidential Proclamation No. 1667 - Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week
Republic Act. No. 9729 - Climate Change Act of 2009
The Philippines has declared and confirmed its commitment to the goals of United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention.