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Ghana Wildlife Society (GWS) marks World Wetlands Day 2020
Celebrations will be held in Accra on February 1st
Accra, 30 January 2020 – Ghana Wildlife Society – BirdLife International partner in Ghana will mark the World Wetlands Day (WWD) on February 1st 2020. WWD is celebrated on February 2 every year to raise awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. The day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2nd February 1971 in Ramsar, Iran.
This year’s theme is “Wetlands and Biodiversity”, highlighting the need to protect wetlands and biodiversity. Estimates show that biodiversity is declining globally, with wetlands disappearing three times faster than forests. Consequently, this year underlines the need to protect wetlands biodiversity and urgently address its loss.
This year, Ghana will celebrate WWD in Accra. The celebrations organized by GWS include awareness-raising on wetlands and biodiversity among school children in Accra. In addition, GWS will organize a birdwalk for school children and the public at the Densu Delta Wetland, a Ramsar site in Accra. Local administrative officials and experts will also address participants on how to assist in wetlands conservation efforts.
“Ghana’s wetlands are important to the wellbeing of people and the environment. They provide critical safeguards from natural disasters including droughts and floods, in addition to providing a home to an array of biodiversity. World Wetlands Day 2020 provides an opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of wetlands, and how the decline of wetlands and biodiversity can be addressed”, explains Raphael Nii Laate Lartey of Ghana Wildlife Society.
Ghana has a number of wetlands including the important Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary, Songor, and Keta Lagoon Complex among others. These wetlands are important for water supply, agriculture and recreation and other ecosystem services. However, in recent times, these wetlands have come under intense pressure due to human activities.
There is need for local communities, conservationists and local governments to work together to mitigate threats facing wetlands and GWS in conjunction with partners have been undertaking various conservation efforts focussing on wetlands conservation,” adds Raphael Lartey.
About World Wetland Day (WWD)
World Wetland Day (WWD) is celebrated each year to highlight the important role played by wetlands in the environment and organized by the Ramsar Convention Secretariat.
About Ghana Wildlife Society
Established in the 1970s, Ghana Wildlife Society is a conservation organization focusing on research and conservation science, conservation education in addition to policy and advocacy. Ghana Wildlife Society is a member of BirdLife International, the world’s largest conservation partnership.
Raphael Nii Laate Lartey