Nyandadarua County ready to host World Wetlands Day (WWD) 2018

Lake Olpolosat: home to endangered bird species

World Wetlands Day (WWD) is commemorated annually on 2nd February since 1971, to mark the Day the Ramsar Convention was signed in Iran. These commemorations are meant to raise public awareness and consciousness about the benefits and challenges facing wetlands.

Details for WWD 2018:

  • Theme: Wetlands for a sustainable urban future
  • Slogan: Healthy Wetlands, Clean Towns
  • Date: 2nd February 2018
  • Venue: Lake Olpolosat, Nyandarua County

The theme for this year’s celebrations is ‘Wetlands for a sustainable urban future’ and the proposed slogan is ‘healthy wetlands, clean cities’. The theme for this year is meant to highlight the impacts of urban development to wetlands such as habitat loss due to development and pollution due to garbage and sewerage discharge. The theme will help to promote the wise use of wetlands as a means of achieving a sustainable urban future.

In preparation to commemorate WWD 2018, meetings are being held by the National Steering Committee at NEMA Headquarters as well as at the County level to ensure the event is well coordinated.

The celebrations are sheduled for Friday 2nd February 2018 in Nyandarua County a number of activities have been lined up and include Cleanups, Community forum and ceremonial tree planting.

Healthy wetlands play a vital role in urban areas such as slowing floodwater, cooling effects in hot temperatures, improving water quality as well as providing urban green space. Lake Olpolosat is the origin of Thomson Falls in Nyahururu.

The lake is home to endangered bird species whose numbers are no longer visible, and it is marked as the 61st Important Bird Area (IBA) in the country, meaning it is a place of international significance for the conservation of birds at the global level.

The partners assisiting in the preparations for the event  include: UON, NECC, WI, MENR, WWF-K, KCCF, CANCO, WS, KLB, Nature Kenya, NECC, EAWS, Wetlands International, EJSK, Safaricom, Kenya Airways, ICF, KENWEB, ANAW, WRA, among others.

 

Lake Olbolosatt in Nyandarua County. The once magnificent lake has now been reduced to a conflict zone between farmers, livestock and hippos. PHOTO | COURTESY

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