World Wetlands Day Celebration in Seychelles

To commemorate the day which is normally celebrated on the 2nd February, the Ministry of Environment Energy and Climate Change has organized a tree planting activity at ‘Dan Sours’, Bougainville.

World Wetlands Day Celebration in Seychelles

Wetland are areas which encompass moist habitats including lakes, rivers, marshes and Ponds. These waterbodies provide vast habitation for both aquatic plants and animals. Together with funding from the Government of Seychelles various projects are being implemented by the UNDP through the Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA), which intensify towards the protection and enhancement of habitat so to improve various issues such as biodiversity increase, flood mitigation and our greatest concern erosion prevention.

The theme for this year’s World Wetland Day is ‘Wetland-Biodiversity matters’. Since it was initiated by the Ramsar Convention, Seychelles having 3 main wetland with Ramsar status which have huge importance for our biodiversity. Therefore the Ministry for Environment organizes many events to sensitize the public on the importance of Wetland Protection.

To commemorate the day which is normally celebrated on the 2nd February, the Ministry of Environment Energy and Climate Change has organized a tree planting activity at ‘Dan Sours’, Bougainville.

Present at this ceremony were the Minister for Environment Energy and Climate Change, Mr. Wallace Cosgrow including both the Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Alain Decomarmond and Principal Secretary for Climate Change Mr. Wills Agricole, as well as Directors General and staff from different departments of the Ministry.

“Now that apart from the 171 member countries to the Ramsar convention, more than 2,386 Ramsar sites of wetlands of international importance have been declared with a total land area of more than 254 million hectares of wetland areas!” Said Minister Cosgrow in his opening statement

He continued , “Each year, Government allocates more than Sr. 12 million Seychelles Rupees exclusively for the restoration cleaning and management of our wetlands and rivers. This shows the Government’s emphasize on the importance of our wetlands and the need to restore them and to keep them in a healthy state – which is essential to our future generations.”

Following this, the Minister along with staff from the Ministry planted some palms trees, so to help in the restoration of this wetland.

Editor’s Note:

  • Seychelles amongst 171 countries to the Ramsar Convention since 2004
  • Seychelles has 3 Ramsar SitePort Launay – Port Glaud coastal  wetland areas, Mare Aux Cochons high altitude wetland areas, and Aldabra Atoll – a UNESCO World Heritage site as the third one
  • Wetland rage from rivers, lakes, marshes to saltwater mangoves, coral reefs and estuaries
  • They are the source of our clean water and much of our fish
  • Safeguarding biodiversity and tackling climate change.
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