World Wetlands Day 2 February 2014
World Wetlands Day WWD is celebrated on February 02, 2014. It marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands, called Ramsar Convention, on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Each year, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular.
World Wetlands Day 2014
Preparatory meetings commence at NEMA
The 2014 World Wetlands Day celebrations will be held in Sio-Siteko, which is a transboundary wetland in Busia County, NEMA EcoFlash can authoritatively report. This is according to national steering committee for the preparations, which has held its first preparatory meeting.
The Deputy Director in charge of Coastal, Marine and Fresh Waters Mr Stephen Katua says the celebrations, running under the THEME ‘Wetlands and Agriculture: partners for growth’, puts emphasis on the need for wetland, agricultural and water sectors to work together for best shared outcomes. Moreover, 2014 is the United Nations International Year of Family Farming hence, the Ramsar Convention, to which Kenya is a signatory, chose Wetlands and Agriculture as the theme.
Mr Katua added that there will be a Food and Agricultural Expo in Laikipia as a buildup event, and whose proposed date is under panel discussion. This is aimed at creating awareness to the public prior to the celebrations on the need to protect the wetlands.
Mr Ben Opaa, a Wetlands Officer at NEMA says “Wetlands, the world over, have often been viewed as agricultural barriers hence their continued drainage and reclamation to make land for farming available.” He continues to add that following th
e successful agricultural practices which support wetlands, the essential role of these sites in support of agriculture is becoming clearer.