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, commenced on 1st November and NEMA has been holding preparatory meetings for the event.

This year, the celebrations will be held in Kipsaina Wetland in Trans Nzoia County.

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 proposed slogan is “Our Wetlands Our Safety”

Our partners/Stakeholders involved in the preparations include;

Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Safaricom, Kenya Forest Service, CANCO, Wetlands International, Kenya Wildlife Service, KUNEC, KIUESA/UON, KENWEB, WCK, KLB, EAWLS, National Museums of Kenya, Nature Kenya, County Government of TransNzoia among others.

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National Organizing Committee meeting at NEMA headquarters [PHOTO: F. MUSUNGU/NEMA]

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.

 

Engage us on the discussion on twitter using the hashtags:

#WetlandsDayke2017    #OurWetlandsOurSafety   @NemaKenya

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