This year’s World Wetlands Day has landed on Saturday. This is indeed a great day as you have no excuse of attending this major event to commemorate the day and aid in raising awareness on the need of protecting this ecosystem. Last year, Lake Ol Bolossat, the only lake in central Kenya, was gazetted as a prime wetland. This marked the beginning of protecting the lake from encroachment and degradation.
2019’s theme is Wetlands and Climate Change which highlights the important role played by wetlands, as natural solutions, in adapting to, and mitigating the impact of climate change.
Wetlands have the power to mitigate climate change. They are critical carbon sinks able to sequester large amounts of carbon dioxide; a greenhouse gas that contributes to the depletion of the Ozone layer thus aiding global warming and hence forth contributing to climate change.
As we commemorate World Wetlands Day in 2019, choose any of this places that may be near you to create local wakefulness on the importance of our wetlands.
This year, the World Wetlands Day will be at Rumuruti, Laikipia.
Hosted by National Environment Management Authority – Kenya Ministry of Environment and Forestry County Government of Laikipia. Rumuruti has critical catchment that needs conservation and sustainable management. Build-up activities towards the event will include Panel Discussion on wetlands management and sustainability. There will also be Camel Caravan to raise awareness on the same. The event will bring together diverse partners in a show of unity to conserve our critical catchments.
Hosted by the Mazingira Yetu, Ecopro Initiative, Friends of Ondiri Swamp, Green Peace Africa Kenya and small Axe Environmental Group for Environmental Advocacy. Ondiri Wetland is located in Kikuyu County just 1km from Kikuyu Town overlooking the Southern Bypass. The main actvities will be clean up and tree planting.
Hosted by Team Environment Kenya (TEK) and African Nazarene University in Ongata Rongai Kajiado North. The event is a massive cleanup and tree planting exercise geared towards creating awareness on sustainable cities.
Hosted by a community organization or even you. If at all you are not able to attend any of the above stated wetland, make a point to visit a wetland and become in tune with nature knowing without it, the earth faces many challenges. Seek ways in which you can protect the wetland for future generations.
Remember the importance of the wetland ecosystem in reducing emissions thus regulating climate change, filtering pollutants since they are catchment areas, providing ecosystem services such as water, food for both humans and livestock and mitigating floods.
We need to conserve and restore these valuable ecosystems.