|Good production from a well managed wetland
What are Wetlands?
The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat, also known as the Ramsar Convention, defines wetlands to include flood plains, marshes, swamps, lakes and perennial rivers. In Malawi typical examples, include Kasungu Plain, Vwaza Marsh, Elephant Marsh, Mpatsanjoka Dambo, Shire River, Bua River, Lake Chilwa, and Limphasa swamps.
Commemorating World Wetlands Day
Every year since 1971, on 2nd February, countries all over the world, including Malawi, commemorate the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands. This year, various activities have been organized throughout the country under the 2015 theme “Wetlands For Our Future” and focus will be on the Youth.
Visit our Face Book page for WWD events happening around the country
The future of humanity lies in the wetlands. In Malawi, human survival and development is highly dependent on wetlands....click to continue
Wetlands provide a multitude of benefits, including filtering and replenishing our water, providing food, and mitigating climate change. As long as there is continued human population growth and acceleration of development, the demand for wetland ecosystem services is likely to grow.
Unfortunately, if people continue to disregard their importance, wetlands will not be able to provide such services in future. Join us in this year as Government agencies, non-governmental organizations, conservation organizations, and citizens all come together to commemorate this day and to raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.
Click here for the keynote address on Wetland Management and Policy Gaps.