The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) will celebrate its 33rd anniversary by holding an interactive webinar for children aged eight and above on August 31.
The Junior Ranger of Tubbataha aims to teach biodiversity conservation and appreciation for the environment. It also aims to teach nature stewardship and encourage children to become Tubbataha rangers, according to the event’s promotional materials.
According to Park Superintendent Angelique Songco, fondly known as Mama Ranger, there will be prizes and games for participants. She added that everyone is encouraged to join or watch their event on Facebook Live.
“Marine conservation is not as straightforward as conservation on the land. With Tubbataha being so far away, it is harder to inspire support than it is for, say, a forest park nearby. We can’t bring the kids there, so we bring to Tubbataha to them on the 31st, and hopefully ignite a sense of stewardship, wonder, and curiosity about our oceans among our future conservation leaders,” she said in an e-mail.
Songco added that the park’s anniversary commemorates 33 years of the management’s commitment to protecting the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is both culturally and environmentally important to the country. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, park management received accolades for its efforts.
“2020 was an unusual year, one in which merely being able to continue one’s work was already an achievement in itself. Aside from the unhampered conservation of Tubbataha, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the global authority on the status of the natural world, gave Tubbataha the rating Highly Effective’ in its 2020 global assessment of natural World Heritage sites,” she said.
“In 2021, despite being badly hit by Covid, with 8 staff members testing positive for the virus at different times, we were still able to implement projects as planned,” she added.
Those who want to join the Junior Ranger event can register at https://bit.ly/3rOY0x4.