World Wetlands Day (WWD) is commemorated annually on 2nd February since 1971, to mark the Day the Ramsar Convention was signed in Iran. These commemorations are meant to raise public awareness and consciousness about the benefits and challenges facing wetlands.
In preparation to commemorate WWD 2017, Coastal Marine and Fresh Water sub-department organized the 1st National Organizing Committee meeting on 1st November 2016.
The theme for WWD 2017 is Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction to highlight the vital roles of healthy wetlands in reducing the impacts of extreme events such as floods, droughts and cyclones on communities, and in helping to build resilience.
The meeting, which was chaired by Mrs. Betty Nzioka and saw participation of a number of stakeholders, agreed on Kipsaina Wetland in Trans Nzoia County as the site for hosting the national celebrations on 2nd February 2017.
The commemoration will be preceded by build-up activities meant to enhance outreach to the communities. Some of the activities identified were: panel discussion, Mazingira run, tree planting and road show among others.