World Wetlands Day 2017

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World Wetlands Day 2017


Post by Marc de Fontaine » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:31 am

A number of events happened and continue to happen in the Western Cape:

1. Friends of the Liesbeek hosted a walk in the wetland on the 2nd Feb on the Liesbeek River bank, opposite the Valkenberg entrance.

2. GEESE (Glencairn Education an Environment Support Enthusiasts) are celebrating World Wetland Day as they have been doing so for the last 14 years. Please see the attached poster but more details are:
1. World Wetland Day 2nd February 2017, Patrick Dowling (WESSA) is bringing his wife’s Home School to do a litter clean up race and then write to the manufacturers of the items they find and tell them what should be done to avoid this litter. I am sure Patrick can give you a full report back on this event …..if not one of the children – I leave that to them!
2. Friday (3rd) GEESE will be conducting a two hour clean-up starting from Glencairn Beach at 09h30.
3. Saturday (4th), starting at 08h30 from Glencairn Beach and moving up through the wetland, there will be a Meditative Walk led by Rachel Mash and Bob Commin with a clean-up on the way back to the cars.
4. [/float] Sunday (5th) there will be another 2 hour clean-up from 16h30 moving out from the Beach Parking Area

So there shouldn’t be a scrap of litter after all that – we were very badly hit by thoughtless people descending on this area to party and enjoy the beauty of this area but without a care in their heads about what they leave behind.

3. Two Oceans Aquarium for a Facebook live broadcast 2 February at 12:30, was to celebrate, and raise awareness about World Wetlands Day.

With the current water crisis Cape Town is experiencing, we certainly need to look at every aspect of the water cycle and how our usage of water and our water source / resources impact the natural balance.

Blog from the Two Oceans Aquarium: 11 reasons why wetlands are vital for humans and animals ... nd-animals

4. Rupert Koopman (Botanical Society) discussed wetlands on Good Hope FM on 2nd Feb at 10:20am.

5. Kate Snaddon (SA Wetland Society Chair and WCWF Committee member) was interviewed on The Voice of the Cape about WWD and wetlands in general on 2nd Feb at 11:30am.

6. City of Cape Town’s Environmental Management (EM) Department has invited schools to attend a Wetlands Programme at the various nature reserves during the month of February and March.

The 2017 theme for wetlands day is ‘Disaster Risk Reduction’ and the programme will include:
· What Wetlands Day is,
· The importance of wetlands (focus on disaster risk, threats to wetlands and what can be done to save our wetlands).
75 % of the programme will be activity based and it may vary slightly from reserve to reserve. The Nature Reserves that are a participating include Wolfgat Nature Reserve, Table Bay Nature Reserve, Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area, False Bay Nature Reserve, Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Durbanville Nature Reserve and Edith Stephens Nature Reserve.

Schools that want to participate are welcome to contact the various reserves directly – see attached pamphlet with details. Programmes can be tailor made to suite the schools need.
Table Bay Nature Reserve: Elzette Krynauw, Senior People and Conservation Officer, Tel: 021 444 0315
Edith Stevens Nature Reserve: Stacey-Anne Michaels, People and Conservation Officer, Tel: 021 691 8070
False Bay Nature Reserve (Rondevlei): Jocelyn van Eeden, Substitute People and Conservation Officer, Tel: 021 396 4281

7. The People & Conservation Divisions (P&C) of the Garden Route National Park hosting 500 learners from disadvantaged communities this month as part of the People & Conservation Programme. P&C Officer for Knysna, Nondumiso Mgwenya, explains this month’s focus will touch on wetlands every day. ‘Today learners explored Leisure Isle (Knysna)’s sandy shores, rocky shores and wetlands.’
Senior Water Quality Advisor Vaal Barrage Catchment, Rand Water
Secretary, South African Wetland Society

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