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.
Theme: Wetlands for a sustainable urban future
Slogan: Healthy Wetlands, Clean Towns
Date: 2nd February, 2018
Venue: Lake Olpolosat, Nyandarua County
The theme for this year’s celebrations is ‘Wetlands for a sustainable urban future’ and the proposed slogan is ‘healthy wetlands, clean cities’. The theme for this year is meant to highlight the impacts of urban development to wetlands such as habitat loss due to development and pollution due to garbage and sewerage discharge. The theme will help to promote the wise use of wetlands as a means of achieving a sustainable urban future.
In preparation to commemorate WWD 2018, meetings are being held by the National Steering Committee at NEMA Headquarters as well as at the County level to ensure the event is well coordinated.
Healthy wetlands play a vital role in urban areas such as slowing floodwater, cooling effects in hot temperatures, improving water quality as well as providing urban green space.
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