World Wetlands Day 1998 in Slovenia
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.
World Wetlands Day - Report on Activities organised in Slovenia
For the WWD the State Authority for Nature Conservation of the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning and the National Ramsar Committee organised a press conference and issued a poster and a leaflet. The conference emphasised the functions and benefits of wetlands and the aims and benefits of participation in the Ramsar Convention. The leaflet provides some basic information on wetlands and the Ramsar Convention.
About 160 invitations were sent to different media, organisations related to water management, research institutes, faculties, and NGOs. Background information was attached to the letter of invitation. The event was announced already on Sunday on the National Radio - Val 202. Between 50 and 60 participants attended the conference. Mr. Robert Boljesic was live on the air during the conference and the following media were present and reported on the meeting:
- Slovenia 1 - national TV (information in the main daily News at 7.30 p.m.)
- POPTV - private station but received throughout the country (information in the main news)
- Val 202 - one of the three national Slovenian radio stations
- Radio glas Ljubljana, Radijska postaja Kranj, RTV Koper - local radio stations
- STA - Slovenian Press Agency and journalists of main daily (Delo, Vecer) and weekly papers like Kmeèki glas and Dnevnik.
Additionally, RTV Koper prepared an information at the Seèovlje salina, the Slovenian Ramsar Site, that is in a joint programme on the Slovenian TV this afternoon, and more articles will be published in the daily paper Delo (the most read paper in the country) and other papers.
The conference itself was chaired by the Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, dr. Pavel Gantar, assisted by the State under-secretary and president of the National Ramsar Committee Mr. Mladen Berginc, and the Ramsar National Committee coordinator Mr. Robert Boljesic.
After explaining the significance of 2 February, Mr. Gantar talked about the Ramsar Convention and wetlands in general, Mr. Berginc gave a brief summary on the activities related to wetlands in Slovenia and the function of the National Ramsar Committee and Mr. Boljesic talked about the main objectives of the Ramsar Convention. Preparation of the National Wetland Programme was mentioned and the Wetland Inventory supported by the Ramsar Small Grants Fund particularly stressed. Mr. Gantar expressed thanks to Mr. Andrej Sovinc for preparing the poster and the leaflet.
A detailed report on all the activities and the material prepared for the WWD will be sent to the Ramsar Bureau.