Agusan Marsh

Bunawan, Agusan del Sur

Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the Philippines declared by the former President Fidel V. Ramos. The marshland acts like a sponge, as it is nestled in the midwaters of the Agusan River drainage basin. Within its lakes, several floating communities can be found. The sanctuary was home to the 20.24 feet saltwater crocodile Lolong, the world's largest captive crocodile.
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Agusan Marsh is one of the most ecologically significant wetlands in the Philippines. Found in the heart of Mindanao's Agusan Basin, this vast expanse of marsh covers an area roughly the size of Metro Manila. It contains nearly 15% of the nation's fresh water resources in the form of swamp forests.

In the very heart of the marsh is a semi-permanent lake where many square kilometres of lily pads, hyacinths and other hydrophytic plants spread out like an enormous green quilt. In the dark tea-colored waters live untold numbers of catfish, carp, soft-shell fresh water turtles, and crocodiles.

The tiny community of mostly ethnic Manobos have made their permanent homes deep within the marsh, living on floating homes. The small houses made of bamboo and nipa lashed to hardwood logs, freely rise or fall with the level of the marsh itself. The marsh provides virtually everything the Manobos need.  Wiki

Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary News

  • Saving Philippine Peatlands

    Saving Philippine Peatlands

    In the middle of a flooded forest, if the water is acidic and the color is somehow dark, like tea, it is not polluted. You may be in a peatland.

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has identified nine peatland ecosystems in the country??"mostly within protected areas or in the heart of swampy forests.

    The total area of identified peatlands in the Philippines is 20,000 hectares. This is relatively small compared to the country's total land area of 30 million hectares, 15 million hectares of which, having been classified as "forest lands".

    DENR officials, however, ...

  • Villar Pushes Devt Of MMs Vital Wetland

    Villar Pushes Devt Of MMs Vital Wetland

    Sen. Cynthia Villar yesterday cited the importance of the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Eco-Tourism Area (LPPCHEA) as a bird sanctuary and mangrove site on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the habitat's designation as a Wetland of International Importance.

    "We don't have to go out of Metro Manila for a place where we could commune with nature. Here is an internationally recognized place, where one can go bird-watching in a setting where diverse species of trees and mangrove thrive," Villar, who chairs the Senate committee on environment and natural resources, said in a ...

  • Book Documenting Manobo IKSP And Their Contribution To Biodiversity Conservation In The Agusan Marsh Launched

    Book Documenting Manobo IKSP And Their Contribution To Biodiversity Conservation In The Agusan Marsh Launched

    It was an emotional moment among the Indigenous People (IP) researchers as their book entitled Sugilon sa mga Kahibalo, Gawi ug Binuhatan sa Manobo sa Kadanawan sa Agusan nga Nalambigit sa Kinaiyahan or Indigenous Knowledge, Systems and Practices (IKSP) of the Manobos in Agusan Marsh was formally launched on November 15, 2016 at the Patin-ay Training Center in Agusan del Sur.

    The IKSP Book is a product of a three-year collaboration among 5 IP Communities, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), , with support from ...

  • Safe And Clean Water For Agusan Marshland Communities

    Safe And Clean Water For Agusan Marshland Communities

    Cristelies family seems content with their life in the marshland. They start the day at 4 in the morning. She and her husband, Jomer, would talk for a while over coffee before Jomer would head out to fish. At 6 a.m., she starts preparing her children, Jomarie and Kristin, for school.

    "We live a very simple life," she shares. As soon as the clock hits 7, she starts paddling her canoe, a small boat with no built-in outriggers, to bring her children to school. She tags along one-year-old Daniel, her youngest.

    "Our lives revolve around the lake - our homes, our source of income and even our ...

  • Developing Conservation Sites

    The Agusan Marsh in Agusan del Sur is one challenging site when it comes to conservation.

    Last week, I provided a seminar-workshop among the stakeholders of the marsh on "Local Conservation Area" development that was held in Kansilad town in Surigao del Sur. The event was part of my ongoing engagement with the Germany's Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit or GIZ, through the Resources, Environment and Economics Center for Studies, in providing technical assistance to the provincial government of Agusan del Sur in establishing conservation sites within the vicinity of Ag ...

  • 7 Reasons To Explore Agusan Del Sur After Lolong

    7 Reasons To Explore Agusan Del Sur After Lolong

    Find out why Agusan del Sur is not your typical getaway.

    Remember the giant alligator "Lolong" was caught in Bunawan in Agusan River in 2011? Measuring 6.17 meters and weighing kilograms, he was declared by the Guinness Book of World Record as the longest of its kind.

    For more than a year, people from all over the country trooped to this sleepy town to see this wildlife sensation up close at the Bunawan Eco-Park. He died in February 2013, and there are talks that he is undergoing animal preservation and will be returned to same place.

    A landlocked province in the Caraga Region or nort ...