World Wetlands Day Observed
Today is the World Wetlands Day.
Wetlands are prized for their rich natural diversity, as well as their cultural value.The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance has declared 9 wetland sites in Nepal.
With the slogan “WETLANDS TAKE CARE OF WATER” this day was celebrated in Jagadishpur Lake of Kapilvastu district, under the leadership of Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and with the support from conservation partners like WWF Nepal.
WWF Nepal is supporting the Government of Nepal to conserve and use these wetlands wisely in order to achieve sustainable development. WWF’s assistance to Nepal’s Government has been instrumental in declaring 4 High Altitude Wetlands, namely Gokyo, Gosaikunda, Rara and Phoksundo to the Ramsar sites in 2007 and preparing the site management plan of Gosaikunda which was endorsed by the Government of Nepal. WWF Nepal has also carried out studies on cultural, religious and spiritual significances of wetlands.
In order to mark the annual World Wetlands Day, WWF Nepal organized various programs in Gosaikunda and Indrawati today to raise awareness on Wetlands conservation. WWF also organizes a Green Hiker Program annually to the wetland sites in order to aware people to become responsible towards Nature.