World Wetlands Day 1998 in Canada
What is World Wetlands Day? At the 19th meeting of the Standing Committee, in late October 1996, World Wetlands Day was officially designated for 2 February of every year, the anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971, as an opportunity for governments, organizations, and citizens to undertake big and small actions intended to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular.
This page is part of a series of reports on activities held on and about WWD '98 in various countries of the world, as reported to the Bureau. If you should know of any other activities not mentioned on these pages, send us a note (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll add it to this list.
Clayton Rubec of the Canadian Wildlife Service reports briefly on the WWD festivities led by the Wetlands Research Centre, University of Waterloo . . . .
WWD in Waterloo was a success. The day sessions involved over 350 local high school students. The Lt. Governor of Ontario, Hillary Weston, spoke on youth and the environment. The students were then able to split into groups and participate in workshops on local wetland water, planning and ecosystem workshops. Professor Edward Maltby gave an inspiring lecture on the opportunities facing global wetlands and ecosystem conservation. A separate evening session saw over 250 members of the public participate also. Heads of local education boards, industries, municipalities, consulting firms participated as well. It is hoped WWD will become an annual event in Waterloo and elsewhere. The participants after this evening session attended a reception where World Wetland Day wines bottled by Pelee Wineries were sampled.
From Ducks Unlimited Canada . . .
The Ducks Unlimited gala fund raising event to celebrate World Wetland Day was an outstanding success. The Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Glen Cummings, was the event patron. One hundred and seventy five representatives from Manitoba's private business community attended and "Corporations for Conservation" Awards were presented to the Royal Bank of Canada and Monsanto Canada to recognize their outstanding support for conservation education and habitat preservation. All funds raised at this event will be directed to Oak Hammock Conservation Centre education programs.
For more information about Ducks Unlimited and Oak Hammock please contact <http://www.ducks.ca>. Cheers, Ron Coley, Chief Engineer and Wetland Project Specialist, Ducks Unlimited Canada
From Newfoundland, Heather Chaulk writes. . . .
World Wetlands Day '98 was a hit in Newfoundland. The Eastern Habitat Joint Venture in Newfoundland focused its attention on the province's only Ramsar site, the Grand Codroy Estuary, and held a reception in the offices of the Codroy Valley Area Development Association. Representatives of the development association, the regional economic development board, and the Department of Forest Resources and Agrifoods, members of the press, and the Minister of Forest Resources and Agrifoods, Mr. Kevin Aylward, attended the presentation of two mounted waterfowl to the Area Development Association. These mounted waterfowl will start off the display for the wetland interpretation chalet that has been built by the development association. A non-intrusive trail is being developed along the estuary and there are plans for an observation platform that will overlook McIsaac's Marsh, a critical wetland within the estuary. Following the reception, presentations were made to grades kindergarten through nine at the local school, Belanger Memorial, where a Grade 9 teacher is using the Grand Codroy Estuary Management Plan for a project in his social studies class. An enthusiastic response was received from the students during discussions regarding the value and importance of the wetlands in their backyard and ways that they could contribute to wetland conservation.
For more information on the EHJV in Newfoundland, contact Heather Chaulk, EHJV Wildlife biologist <email@example.com>