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Wetlands Wonder: Puerto Princesa Underground River Eyes New Tag

The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) is one of the most important protected areas of the Philippines. It features outstanding limestone or karst landscape with one of the most complex cave systems. It houses an 8.2 km long underground river that flow directly to the sea. The lower half of the river is slightly salty, affected by the oceanÂ’s tide. The combination of the underground river going to the sea and association of tidal influence makes it a substantial natural phenomenon.

WETLANDS WONDER: PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER EYES NEW TAG

The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) is one of the most important protected areas of the Philippines. It features outstanding limestone or karst landscape with one of the most complex cave systems. It houses an 8.2 km long underground river that flow directly to the sea. The lower half of the river is slightly salty, affected by the ocean’s tide. The combination of the underground river going to the sea and association of tidal influence makes it a substantial natural phenomenon. Its outstanding scientific value is the discovery of crystal and egg-shape rock formations, eleven minerals and a 20 million year old Miocene age sirenia fossils in the cave. The Puerto Princesa Underground River is declared as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

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But more good things appear to be in store for the newest wonder of nature. The Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources were set to nominate PPUR as a “Wetland of International Importance” at the Ramsar convention in Switzerland, according to the Environment Secretary Ramon Paje.

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The Ramsar Convention is a treaty representing the commitments of member countries and communities to preserve the ecological character of wetlands in their respective territories.

The nomination of PPUR will foreground this year celebration of World Wetlands Day in the Philippines. “February 2 is the World Wetlands Day. We are going to mark this year’s celebration with our very own entry, the PPUR’s nomination as a Ramsar site or wetlands of international importance,” the environment secretary said.

It will be the 5th protected wetland protected area in the country proclaimed by Ramsar site if approved.

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The other proclaimed sites by Ramsar are Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Cebu, declared in 1994; Tubbataha Reef Natural Marine Life, also in Palawan; Naujan Lake National Park in Mindoro Oriental, and Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Agusan del Sur, all which were declared in 1999.

“The Puerto Princesa Underground River is not only a wonder of nature, it is declared a geological monument and this year we will nominate it to the Ramsar Convention as one of the significant wetlands in our country,” said Environment Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio.

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Last January 30’s ceremony officially declaring the Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, the Secretary of Environment was working with the Puerto Princesa officials in pushing the nomination as a Ramsar site on the sidelines of the recognition rites hosted by the Department of Tourism.

The PAWB is hoping for the Ramsar Convention positive assurance into granting PPUR as a Ramsar site because of its importance as biodiversity conservation area. The 8.2-kilometer underground river features striking limestone or karst landscape and popularly known for its complex cave system.

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The underground river is also recognized of its globally significant qualities and has been placed on the List of Natural World Heritage sites of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The declaration of the underground river as one of the Seven New Wonders of Nature has drawn many tourist in Palawan, Philippines.

Reference:

Philippine Daily Inquirer – News by Jocelyn R. Uy and Kristine L.Alave Feb.1, 2012 pp.A8

Primary Image Source - http://www.palawan.net.ph/images/palawan-underground.jpg

Other Images Sources

  1. Puerto Princesa Underground River -  http://www.travelphilippinesnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Puerto-Princesa-Subterranean-River-National-Park-Palawan.jpg
  2. Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary - http://www.hotelsphilippines.org/images/stories/olango_island.jpg
  3. Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park - http://hotelsphilippines.info/files/photos/image_57/tubbataha-reef-philippines.jpg
  4. Naujan Lake National Park - http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0Ly6owyLx2k/Tc6kay6phrI/AAAAAAAAGCU/eO4im6bs2Bw/s1600/DSC07885.JPG
  5. Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary -  http://asias-world.com/sites/asias-world_com/images/National_parks%2FAgusan_Marsh.jpg

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Comments (22)

It is interesting to know about one of the new seven wonders of the nature.Thanks.

It is great to know about this outstanding area. Thanks Sir

Wonderfully beautiful place.

Looks to be a very beautiful place, Ron. Very interesting article too.

I just read about this a couple of days ago, really great and hopefully will draw tourists as well as keeping the area protected for future generations.

The Philippines have so many natural beauties...truly pearls of the Pacific Ron.

I can see why people go there; it's beautiful! Great article.

Makes us proud as Filipinos to have one of our exotic places included in the 7 new wonders of the world. I just hope that the Department of Tourism will come up with a means for more Filipinos to be able to travel to these places, like making them affordable and accessible to more Filipinos, so that we won't be strangers in our own land. I think Filipinos deserve the first chance to see one of the 7 new wonders of the world that is in the Philippines. Thank you for this article, Ron.

great article, sound like a wonderful place

May the world preserve this paradise for many generations to come.thank you for highlighting this so nicely. You made it seem like a real live journey.Well done!

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Thanks everyone - much appreciated.

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It's really a wonderful place, but haven't been there yet, lol. Someday when everything's alright then I'll go visit PPUR! Great article, sir!

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Thanks Aileen.

Ron, your articles are always so enlightening. Excellent work.

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Thanks Martin - appreciated.

Another interesting post about our scenic spots in the country, Ron.

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Thanks Will.

proud to be Pinoy...hopefully this natural wonder will be preserved for the next hundred of years and will not be exploited like many of the Philippine wonders

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Thanks a lot Sir Nobert, proud to be Pinoy.

This is one of things that makes me proud to be Pinoy, Palawan seems like a different country from the Philippines

What a beautiful place! Thank you, Ron. I'll come back tomorrow to recommend as it appears I have no recommendations left though I didn't give any today...

Returning to give you a very well deserved vote, my friend. Have a nice weekend,dear Ron.

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