World Wetlands Day in Nepal
Celebrating World Wetlands Day
"Fish for tomorrow" poster for World wetlands day
© WWF Nepal
02 Feb 2007
World Wetlands Day offers the opportunity "to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular" (Ramsar Secretariat). WWF Nepal is supporting the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), which is the focal body for Ramsar Convention, together with several other organizations for the celebration of the event through various awareness raising activities in Nepal.
Four sites in Nepal: Taudaha, Nagdaha, the Bagmati River near Kupondole and Ghodaghodi have been identified for field level interactions with the objective of presenting their issues and actions at the Fish for Tomorrow? workshop on 2 February 2007. The workshop will compile findings of issues and actions to be taken as a concrete step towards raising awareness as well as providing an opportunity for stakeholders at local and center levels to be active partners in wetlands management and development. Documents on fact sheets on High Altitude Wetlands and documents on cultural and religious significance will be released on the occasion.
The theme for Wetlands Day this year is very important because fish is obviously important from a biodiversity perspective but it is important to local livelihoods too, says Neera Shrestha Pradhan, Manager of the Freshwater Program at WWF Nepal. We need to conserve our wetlands to benefit both nature and people.
WWF Nepal is also celebrating the day in its project site in Ghodaghodi, one of the four Ramsar Sites in Nepal. WWF Nepal, through TAL program, is supporting the local communities for biodiversity conservation and providing alternative opportunites for income generation to reduce pressure on the lake system.