World Wetlands Day 2009 -- Greetings from the Secretary General


World Wetlands Day greetings from the Secretary General

World Wetlands Day provides us all with one special opportunity every year to highlight the importance of the world’s wetlands to the planet’s health and to our own lives. This year’s theme – “Upstream, Downstream: wetlands connect us all” – is especially apropos, because it focuses our attention on the many ways in which our local wetlands depend upon, and influence, the actions of others, and it helps to demonstrate our need for cooperation and collaboration with many other stakeholders in other sectors of government and society and in other parts of our geographical regions.

Sooner or later, we find that it is nearly impossible to work alone to preserve the healthy functioning of our own natural environments. The interconnectedness of our wetland and water systems means that we must always look for opportunities to work together throughout our river basins or catchments, to find common ground and agree common objectives, and to do our own parts with a common sense of purpose.

All over the world, citizens and organizations and government agencies are celebrating and educating the public about the important values of our wetlands. On behalf of the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, I send my greetings to all of you, and I wish you a productive World Wetlands Day.

Anada Tiéga
Secretary General

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