Coverage of the World Wetlands Day event celebrated in Pakistan.
The Pakistan Wetlands Programme objective is to conserve the globally important wetlands biodiversity in Pakistan while alleviating poverty. It is a progressive initiative of the Federal Ministry of Environment and is being implemented by the World Wide Fund for Nature, Pakistan (WWF-P). It is funded by consortium of national and international donors including, the Global Environment Facility(GEF), United Nations Development Programme(UNDP),Embassy of Kingdom of Royal Netherlands (EKN),WWF-Network.
World Wetlands Day Celebrated at ICG F6/2- Feb 2nd, 2012
‘Wetland Tourism: A Great Experience’
Islamabad: “World Wetlands Day 2012 Celebrated”
World Wetlands Day 2012 was organized at Islamabad College for Girls F6/2, where it commenced in early morning at 9:00 am and ended at 1:00 pm. Around 100 schools from twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad took part in the event. About 4000 students participated in various activities organized by PWP. Students actively participated in the art competition, story writing and poem competitions. Through this event, PWP intends to create awareness about the vital connectivity that exist between tourism, wetlands and us. It marked the importance of protection and conservation of wetlands.
The chief guest of the event was M. Javed Malik, Secretary Ministry of National Disaster Management. Other guest includes Abdul Munaf Kaimkhani (DIG Forest department) and Mr Saleem Ullah (Programme officer, Cilmate change, Environment and Energy UNDP). The opening remarks were given by Dr Ghulam Akbar (National Programme Manager PWP). And a speech was delivered by Secretary to mark the significance of the day. The closing remarks were made by Mr Ahmad Khan (Director Programmes PWP).
This year, the World Wetlands Day celebrations focused on the theme Wetland and Tourism’ with a slogan ‘Wetland Tourism: A Great Experience’. This has been designed to create a sense of awareness among ourselves about the role tourism plays in our environments. Wetland tourism has benefits both locally and nationally for people and wildlife – benefits such as stronger economies, sustainable livelihoods, healthy people and thriving ecosystems – an ideal time to start thinking about this precious source!
With their natural beauty and biodiversity wetlands make ideal locations for tourism. The income can be significant and support livelihoods locally and nationally. Wetlands provide other ‘services’ , too, such as water, food, water purification, erosion control ,etc., for the benefit of tourists and tourist accommodation. The income generated by tourism for national and local economies in and around wetlands can be substantial. Unsustainable tourism may bring short-term benefits but long-term losses to wetland health, compromising ecosystem services and sometimes local livelihoods. It is worth noting that tourism is one of the many services that wetlands deliver. Ensuring well-managed tourism practices in and around wetlands and educating tourists on the value of wetlands contributes to their health and the long-term benefits that wetlands provide to people, wildlife, economics, and biodiversity.
A similar campaign is organized at Gilgit, Chitral, Peshawar University KPK, Khabbeki Khushab, Kot Adu, Faisalabad, Lahore Punjab, Sukkur, Keenjhar Lake, and Karachi, Sindh, Gwader Balochistan other towns and villages of Pakistan.
A range of activities were organised to enable the students to express their views on the subject through arts, debate, play and poetry competitions, among other activities. This event served as a knowledge sharing avenue where students along with their families and friends had the opportunity to exchange their views and also learn from environmental experts about the significance of forests and wetlands. The closing ceremony will be held on 15th Feb at same place, where the winning participants will be awarded with gifts and souvenirs.
The Pakistan Wetlands Programme WWF has been a trend setter in developing a firm base for mainstreaming the values of wetlands across Pakistan. The Programme, being implemented by the WWF, World Wide Fund for Nature, Pakistan, once again organized the celebration of one of its mega events being held each year on February 2nd, 2012, to mark the date of adoption of the International Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran in 1971.
For more information: Please Contact
Nasir Iqbal Malik, Coordinator, Awareness Raising and Communications,
Pakistan Wetlands Programme WWF, at 051-2114125-9 – 03015536468