Celebrating World Wetlands Day

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems
28 January 2010

Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs, will lead an intergovernmental team in the celebration of World Wetlands Day on Tuesday 2nd February 2010.  Other dignitaries expected to attend are Gauteng MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Ms Nandi Mayathula-Khoza and City of Tshwane Metropolitan Executive Mayor, Dr. Gwen Ramokgopa.

Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Celebration of World Wetlands Day takes place on the 2nd February each year.  The purpose of observing this day is to recognize the values and benefits the public and the economy derive from wetlands. It also intends to heighten public awareness towards ensuring collective efforts to protect wetlands, especially changing people’s mindset about the need to harvest resources from wetlands in a sustainable manner.

Various speakers will present papers in line with the theme for this year’s celebration which is “Wetlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change”. The theme focuses on wetlands and their biodiversity, the impact of climate change on wetlands and the relevant mitigating measures.  It also presents an opportunity to show how healthy wetlands can be part of strategies for mitigating and adapting to climate change. The event will be co-hosted with Department of Environmental Affairs, SANBI’s Working for Wetlands, the Departments of Water Affairs, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the Water Research Commission.

The event will take place at: The Auditorium, National Botanical Garden, 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria; and a 2nd session at Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Source: DEAT

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