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World Wetlands Day

2013-02-02 11:06
2013-02-02 11:06
Africa/Johannesburg

 

 

Introduction and background

 

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.

World Wetlands Day was first celebrated in 1997. Since then government agencies, non-government organisations and community groups have celebrated World Wetlands Day by undertaking actions to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits and promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands. These activities include seminars, nature walks, festivals, launches of new policies, announcement of new Ramsar sites, newspaper articles, radio interviews and wetland rehabilitation.

 

Theme and messages

 

This year’s theme: Water and Wetlands Management, speaks to the relationship between water and wetlands. Wetlands improve the quality of water while at the same time providing a clean source and store of freshwater. Wetlands also reduce flood impacts, manage river flows and control erosion.
 
Without the appropriate management of wetlands, water of the right quality and quantity will be hard to find.
The Department of Environmental Affairs urges all South Africans to get involved in wetland conservation and restoration. Protect this water resource by reducing environmental impact and using water wisely.
 
 

Invitation to the 2013 World Wetlands Day celebrations


The Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental affairs, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Cordially invites you to the 2013 World Wetlands Day celebrations scheduled to take place as follows:

Venue: Kagiso Hall, Kareedouw

Date: Friday, 1 February 2013

Time: 11h00

RSVP on or before 25th January 2013 with Felicity Hutamo at fhutamo@environment.gov.za or at 012 310 3802

Lucia Motaung at lmotaung@enviroment.gov.za or at 012 310 3533

 

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