February 1, 2018
… President Weah Proclaims February 2, 2018 as Wetlands Day
President George Mannah Weah has by proclamation declared Friday, February 2, 2018, as Wetlands Day to be observed throughout Liberia as working holiday.
In accordance to the proclamation made by the president, Friday’s observance of Wetlands Day is intended to focus mainly on the importance of wetlands, their values and benefits and the Ramsar Convention in particular.
The convention on wetlands of International importance known as Ramsar Convention was adopted in the Iranian City of Ramsar on the shores of the Capsian Sea, and as designed by the United Nations in observed on February 2, every year as World Wetland Days and has been celebrated by all UN members’ countries since 1997.
President Weah further disclosed that the celebration is intended to stimulate political attention and action on the empowerment of people to become agents of sustainable and equitable development.
“The celebration is to raise awareness and to highlight the vital roles of healthy wetlands in reducing the importance of extreme events such as floods, droughts and cyclones on the communities and in helping to build resilience,” the President said.
The Liberian leader has called on all residents to join the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia to ensure that the country’s wetlands and water bodies are manage in a sustainable way.
Meanwhile, the EPA is expected to execute a program in Slipway Community, Monrovia in observance of Wetlands Land.
According to EPA Chief Technical Advisor and Ramsar Liberia Focal Person Mr. Levi Piah, a team from the agency along with community members would carry a clearing up exercise in the area and as well have a ceremony solely to educate community members on the importance of wetlands.
Signed: Danise Love Dennis
Media & Communications Specialist