World Wetlands Day 2011 - International Year of Forests
Pictorial Highlights WWD 2011
The Pakistan Wetlands Programme celebrate the World Wetlands Day 2011, as has done in the past. In 2011, the PWP will celebrate the day under its theme of “Wetlands and Forests” and with the simple slogan ‘Forests for Water and Wetlands’ – allowing us to look at the ‘big picture’ of the role forests play in our lives.
The vital connection of Forests and our Wetlands. It’s simple: the health of our wetlands, whether forested or not, is linked to the health of forests in our catchments. Degraded forests mean degrading wetlands. We cannot manage without forests, whether terrestrial forests or forested wetlands, given the critical roles that they play in our lives – for water, for food, for livelihoods, for recreation.
Therefore, just as life and good health are related with healthy wetlands so too are you, we at Pakistan Wetlands Programme believe that an in depth understanding of wetlands’ ecology, functions, and conservation should begin at an early stage in a child’s educational exposure. Therefore, we are committed to involve faculty, students, parents and other members of the community across Pakistan to celebrate this event with us.
The Pakistan Wetlands Programme is again embarked on a mission to organise innovative, creative, colourful and informative activities which will illustrate this year’s theme of the World Wetlands Day 2011, Forests for Water and Wetlands. These activities will be collectively known as Wetlands ‘Green Celebrations’ Events and are open to all.
As educators, there is a lot you can do to help because Pakistan contains an estimated 780,000 ha of wetlands that cover about 10% of the total surface area of the country. You can participate in Wetlands Green Celebrations events organised by the Pakistan Wetlands Programme by taking an active interest in school programmes highlighting World Wetlands Day 2011. Also outside of school there are other activities, too. For Example the PWP, WWF has organised radio and TV broadcasts about wetlands conservation, mass events, prize giving competitions and other awareness related activities.
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