This year, World Wetlands Day and World Water Day 2017 will be jointly commemorated under the theme “Healthy wetlands and innovative water and wastewater management for enhanced livelihoods”. The event will take place on the 23 March 2017, in Windhoek at the Zoo Park Amphitheatre.
World Wetlands Day
The UN General Assembly designated 2 February as World Wetlands Day in 1997, to mark the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in Ramsar, Iran in 1971.Wetlands play a major role in the availability of water. Good quality water resources depend on the functioning of wetlands. Similarly healthy wetlands need sufficient water of good quality to provide the ecological services essential for humankind. World Wetlands Day 2017 will be observed under the theme “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”.
World Water Day
World Water Day will be celebrated under the theme “Wastewater”. For decades wastewater has been considered as yuck which should be disposed. However, the world has been battling with increased water scarcity and environmental pollution emanating from improper wastewater management. It was thus necessary to view wastewater as a valuable resource in the circular economy and its safe management contributes to healthy humans and ecosystems, and evidently our future.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, as the custodian of all water resources in Namibia will be joined by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater), City of Windhoek (CoW), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), SAB Miller Namibia, Ogilvy and Mather Namibia, Namibia Hope Association and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).
In addition, private companies, SMES, local NGOs and the general public are all invited to come and celebrate the World Wetlands Day and World Water Day in a single national even which will be held on the 23 March 2017, at 1o am at theZoo Park Amphitheatre.