ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, Thursday, January 23, 2014 - GIS: On Sunday February 2nd, 2014, Grenada will join the rest of the world in observance of "World Wetlands Day.” The theme for this year's observance is; "Wetlands and Agriculture - Partners for Growth."
Though a series of community-based activities are being held with a view of educating the public, in particular primary and secondary students, on the importance of wetlands and its overall benefits, a major public awareness walk is planned for February 2, from River Sallee junction to Bathway Beach in St. Patrick's.
On reaching Bathway Beach, there will be an entertainment and educational display of information regarding Grenada's wetlands among others. The official ceremony will also take place at Bathway Beach Welcome Centre - St. Patrick's, where Agriculture Minister, Hon. Roland Bhola and other officials including the Ramsar focal point will address participants and stakeholders.
The Forestry and National Parks Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment is the lead bureau for the activity. A number of key stakeholders are collaborating with the Agriculture Ministry to host the World Wetland Day 2014 celebrations.
The celebration of World Wetland Day began 1997 and made an encouraging beginning. World Wetland Day marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, for it was on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea the Convention was adopted.
Each year, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular.
The RAMSAR Convention on wetlands of international importance, called 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.