World Wetlands Day is annually held on February 2 to celebrate how wetlands, which are lands saturated by water, help maintain biodiversity on Earth. The day also draws attention to the importance of wetlands in sustainable Development. The theme for 2017 is “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”
This year the activities surrounded the cleanup of the Ma Kote Mangrove and Scorpion Island. The clean-up saw teams converging on the Mangrove at various points and retrieving debris from plastic bottles, styro-foam cups and plates, glass bottles, old stoves, fridges just to name a few.
The Lions and Leos who participated in this clean up were intrigued by the type and volume of garbage that was collected.
Wetlands are found near the sea or inland and can be seasonal – they are water logged only during parts of the year, or perennial. They play a crucial role in the ecosystem by:
- Preventing flooding by absorbing water.
- Ensuring that the soil provides a unique breeding ground for vegetation that feeds fish.
- Giving shelter to animals.
- Purifying water by removing sediment.
World Wetlands Day has been observed since February 2, 1997. The day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971. The convention is a treaty on the preservation and sustainable use of wetlands.
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