World Wetlands Day 2003:


Reported by Rahat Jabeen, Wetlands Conservation Officer, WWF-Pakistan, and Ramsar NGO CEPA Focal Point

WWF-Pakistan Celebrates World Wetlands Day
at the bank of the River Indus
on 2nd February, 2003

WWF-Pakistan, in collaboration with a local NGO (Sindh Taraqi Pasand Mallah Tanzeem) and the District Government, celebrated World Wetlands Day 2003 at the bank of the River Indus at Hyderabad. Children from the local girls school presented colorful tableaus on folk songs related to wetlands. Overall 7 schools participated in the competition.

The beautiful poetry on several wetlands of Sindh by the famous Sindh poet, Shah Abdul Latif Bhatai, and his personnel feelings about wetlands and the people who are associated with these wetlands, were presented. The children highlighted the cultural, social and environmental issues related to the River Indus and wetlands of Sindh during their performance. For example, the major occupation of the people near the Indus is fishing and so the impact of freshwater scarcity on their livelihood and the hospitability of the fishermen was presented.  

The District Coordination Officer of Hyderabad was the chief guest and other guests included the Executive District Officers, Community Development and Education, a well-known journalist, authors and poets. More than 200 participants attended the function.

The Govt. School Hussainabad won the first prize, the second prize was given to the Mirza Qaleech Baig School, Hyderabad, and the third prize to the Home Education School (private). The program was concluded with the appreciation from all the guest and praises to the children for their excellent performance on wetlands. At the end prayers for rain were made.

For detailed information please contact: Rahat Jabeen, Wetlands Conservation Officer, WWF-Pakistan, Karachi Regional Office, Tel: 4544791-92, Fax: 4544790, e-mail:          

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