World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year on 2 February to raise awareness about wetlands.

This day also marks the anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands, which was adopted as an international treaty in 1971.
The theme for this year's event is, "Wetlands Action for People and Nature." which highlights the importance of actions to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands for humans and planetary health.
In Kenya, Nema Kenya is spearheading the preparations on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in collaboration with stakeholders from both public and private sectors.
The national celebrations will be held at Ondiri Swamp in Kikuyu, Kiambu County.
Members of the public are invited to participate in several buildup activities including;
1. Ondiri Wetland Conservation Run - 29th January 2022
2. Panel discussion - 31st January 2022
3.. Cleanup in Kikuyu town - 29th January 2022
4. Wetlands Art Competition (ongoing)
5.Tree planting

World Wetlands Day 2022 will be celebrated as follows;

Theme: Wetlands Action for People and Nature

A call to take action for wetlands is the focus of this years’ campaign. It's an appeal to invest financial, human and political capital to save the world’s wetlands from disappearing and to restore those we have degraded.

Slogan: Our Wetlands, Our Responsibility, Our Future

Date: 2nd February 2022

Venue: Ondiri Swamp, Kiambu County


About Ondiri Swamp

Ondiri wetland is the only swamp with bog-like characteristics Kenya. It covers an area of approximately 30 ha, is 2 to 3 metres deep with a perimeter of about 3.3 km. The swamp adjacent to Kikuyu town within Kiambu County. Currently, the swamp is fenced hence encroachment and over harvesting of grass and reeds has been controlled.

Friends of Ondiri wetland, a local CBO has been championing protection of the swamp through advocacy and awareness creation to the community members.  The swamp has no legal protection leading to uncoordinated conservation initiatives by different actors. 

Two years ago, the group reached out to NEMA to take lead in protecting the swamp by bringing together all the stakeholders. Since then, NEMA has held several meetings with relevant agencies both government and private sector. I addition, the authority has undertaken multiple inspections of facilities around the riparian as well as kikuyu town. Recently, NEMA-Wetlands department in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, initiated development of Ondiri swamp management plan which will enhance coordination and harmonization of various stakeholders engaged in conservation efforts around and within the swamp.

Some of the proposed investments include bird watching, nature walks, zipliners as well as an amphitheater. In this regard, NEMA through the economic stimulus program funds is constructing and Eco toilet block as a means of controlling effluence discharge into the swamp ones the facilities are open to the public.

  • The wetland is a protected area that forms the headwaters of Nairobi River within the Athi drainage basin and located in Kikuyu, Kiambu County.
  • Its oval in shape
  • Has an estimated area of 0.468km2?
  • Has a floating peatbog
  • Currently under pressure because of water extraction, deforestation and accelerated erosion.

Wetlands competition


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