World Wetlands Day 2002: Nigeria


World Wetlands Day 2002 in Nigeria

For Immediate Release

25th January 2002



Port Harcourt, Nigeria - 2nd February 2002 is the second World Wetlands Day celebration in this millennium. World Wetlands Day provides an occasion to celebrate our Wetlands of international importance. Locally, our wetlands provide both Renewable and other Natural Resources of economic and social importance while satisfying the environment and human needs as key component of water systems.

As part of activities to mark the 2002 World Wetlands Day, Save Earth Nigeria (SEN), a not-for-profit, Non-Governmental Organization very active on Environmental Education, Youth Development and Participatory Community Development based in Port Harcourt is organizing an Essay Competition among secondary school students in Rivers State to commemorate the 2002 World Wetland Day (WWD). This competition is aimed at generating and creating increased awareness on the importance of Wetlands to the sustenance of the environment. The topic for the essay competition is - THE ROLE OF WETLANDS IN THE NIGER DELTA AND ITS IMPACTS ON CLIMATIC CHANGE." This is designed to challenge young people to think about the many ways wetlands can be usefully improved for the use of our people in the Niger Delta and implications of human influences on climatic change. The essay should not be more than 500 words and handsome prizes should be won by as many successful scholars who will participate in the essay competition. Also, the "Star" (Best) essay will be published on National Newspapers across the Nation. Entries closes by 1st February 2002. Sponsorship for the essay competition are welcome from both Government, Private Companies, and Philanthropists who care for the environment and contribute to the sustainable development of the Niger Delta area.

A call to the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to include Niger Delta Wetlands as one of the International Wetlands of Importance and also a call to the Federal Government of Nigeria to enhance the World Bank initiated Framework for the Integrated Coastal Zone Management of the Niger Delta Wetlands which has numerous potentials for the survival of the people.

Presently, Save Earth Nigeria (SEN) is promoting and facilitating environmental conservation in secondary schools through School Conservation Clubs and young Reporters of the Environment (SCC/YRE) initiative whereby young people are mobilized and inculcated with ethics of good environmental stewardship as they are the leaders of tomorrow. And also we maintain the SEN Knowledge and Learning Centre that houses about 6,000 publications on Environment and Sustainable Development issues which are being used by students, youths, women and policy makers etc.

All correspondence are expected to reach the Co-ordinator, World Wetlands Day (WWD), Save Earth Nigeria (SEN), 20 Joinkrama (Ogwa) Street, Mile 1. Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Tel. 084 - 332532/230970, E-mail:,

Save Earth Nigeria is a youth-oriented, Not-For-Profit, NGO working actively in areas of Environmental and Conservation, Youth Development and Participatory Community Development since its inception in 1992.

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