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Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson to lead World Wetland Day Celebration

27 January 2015

 

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs Ms Barbara Thomson will lead South Africa’s World Wetlands Day 2015 celebration at the False Bay Nature Reserve, in Cape Town, on Monday 02 February 2015.  

World Wetlands Day is an annual event that commemorates the signing of the Convention on Wetlands which took place on 02 February 1971, in the Iranian City of Ramsar. The Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

The annual celebration aims to, amongst others, raise awareness on the benefits and importance of wetlands as a natural resource in communities. The theme, for this year’s celebrations is: “Wetlands for Our Future – Lets use them wisely, together!”

The Deputy Minister will be joined by Cllr Johan van der Merwe, Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning.  

The Deputy Minister will be handing over a Ramsar certificate to City of Cape Town for the designation of False Bay Nature Reserve as a wetland of international importance.

The media is invited to the event as per the details below:

Date: 02 February 2015

Venue:  False Bay Nature Reserve, Zeekoevlei Eastern Shore, Cape Town

Time: 11h00 – 13:00

To RSVP please contact:

Ernest Mulibana
Cell: 082 263 7372
E-mail: emulibana@environment.gov.za

Sipho Mawoko
Tel: 021 441 2788
Cell: 073 370 8327
E-mail: smawoko@environment.gov.za

For media queries, contact:

Zolile Nqayi
Cell: 082 898 6483