HWT embraces World Wetlands Day theme

Environmental Reporter

Harare Wetlands Trust (HWT) have embraced this year’s theme for World Wetlands Day which seeks the protection of natural environment and its habitants.

The theme reads, “Wetlands and Biodiversity.”

In a Press Statement issued this Saturday Harare Wetlands Trust acknowledges that Zimbabwe will be joining rest of the world in commemorating World Wetlands Day on the 2nd of February.
“Zimbabwe, together with rest of the world, is celebrating World Wetlands Day on 2nd February 2020, this year’s theme is “Wetlands and Biodiversity.”

HWT explains the importance of celebrating the internationally acclaimed day.

“The day occurs annually on February 2, marking the date of adoption of Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971 when a small group of environmentalists signed an international agreement at Ramsar Convention in Iran to which Zimbabwe is a signatory.”

“World Wetlands Day was first cerebrated in 1997. Since then government agencies, non governmental organizations and community groups have celebrated the Day by undertaking actions to raise public awareness of wetlands values and benefits and promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands.”

According to the Wetlands Trust this year’s theme directly relate to Harare as a City together with the existing ecological systems.

“Harare is located on top of the Mashonaland Plateau within the headwater wetlands which create the and rivers that feed into Manyame and Mazoe rivers. In the case of Harare’s wetlands the plants, grasses, animals, birds, and myriad little creatures and soils work together in a web of life to provide the city’s residents with clean water and fresh air.”

According to the internationally stated definition, a wetland refers to an area of marsh, fen, peated land or water, weather natural or artificial, with a water that is static or flowing.

Tendai Guvamombe