World Wetlands Day 2001: Uganda


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Launching of the Uganda Wetlands Sector Strategic Plan 2001-2010 and Commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention

The Secretary General, Mr Delmar Blasco, spent 1 February 2001 in Kampala for the launching of Uganda's innovative new Strategic Plan -- see the agenda, read his speech, view the photos.

Following which, he traveled with Mr Paul Mafabi, Vice-Chair of the Ramsar Standing Committee, and other Ugandan officials to Lutembe Bay to celebrate Ramsar's 30th anniversary and Uganda's part in it. Here's another speech for the occasion.

And here are the photos. First, the world's first double World Wetlands Day cake.

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Mr  Blasco and the Minister, already thoroughly soaked by a badly-popped champagne bottle, cut the awesome cake and prepare to get fat.

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The festive scene, and the kids

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Reciting Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Wreck of the Hesperus". Not.

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The canoe regatta on Lake Victoria

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The winning canoe team, in their Ramsar team shirts

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The winning team captain accepts congratulations from the Secretary General

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The local crafts exhibit

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The Secretary General picks out a funky hat . . . .

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And plants something in a ceremonial fashion.

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