“YOLEG Sparks to Commemorate World Wetland Day with the Launch of Wetland for Future Generation Campaign.
Wetlands are among the most productive life-support systems in the world and are of immense socio-economic and ecological importance to mankind. They are critical for the maintenance of biodiversity and perform a great role in the biosphere. Inland wetlands include marshes, ponds, lakes, fens, rivers, floodplains, and swamps. Coastal wetlands include saltwater marshes, estuaries, mangroves, lagoons, and even coral reefs. Human-made wetlands are; fishponds, rice paddies, and saltpans.
Celebrated annually on 2nd February each year is World Wetlands Day to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. It also marks the date for the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2nd February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
Every year World Wetland Day is celebrated with a specific theme to raise awareness about the value of wetlands. This year the theme for World Wetland Day 2021 is “Wetlands and Water”. This year’s theme shines a spotlight on wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages actions to restore them and stop their loss.
Once again! Youth Legacy Ghana, a youth-led and non-profit organization, situated in the Central Region of Ghana has expressed its robust concern for sustainable wetlands in their country, Ghana.
The youth frontier known for its passionate drive for sustainable biodiversity in the areas of wetlands conservation and restoration is taking a gallant step to commemorate World Wetlands Day 2021 on 2nd February next year in Ghana. Amazingly, Youth Legacy Ghana has initiated the “Wetland for Future Generation Project” – a 3-day advocacy campaign that will take place on the 2nd to 5th February 2020 to observe the World Wetlands Day 2021 in Ghana.
Wetland for Future Generation Campaign is conceptualized to conserve and preserve wetlands in Ghana with an initial focus on the Muni-Pomadze Ramsar Site in Winneba.
The project is purposed to strategically create awareness on the wise use of wetlands in Ghana. This will involve wetland sensitization programs for targeted groups such as; coastal artisans, indigenes, high school clubs, and associations who are in proximity to the Muni-Pomadze Ramsar Site in Winneba.
These key agents will be engaged to;
- Strengthen local participation in wetland conservation of the targeted site.
- Conduct a clean-up exercise will to remove plastic infiltration along the bank of the Muni-Pomadze Ramsar Site.
- Organize “My Wetland Essay Competitions” to extend the frontiers of providing sustainable solution ideas on the theme for the day ‘wetlands and water’.
Launching of the “Wetland for Future Generation Project” is a webinar scheduled on the 21st November 2020 on Zoom and Facebook Livestream at 2:00 pm (GMT:00). Youth Legacy Ghana is calling on all stakeholders both domestic and international institutions, cooperate organizations, civil society organizations, and individuals to partner and support their great initiative to commemorate World Wetland Day 2021 and conserve biodiversity through education.
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