WORLD WETLANDS DAY
- 01 Feb
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On the 2nd of February, Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World Wetlands Day. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar. The treaty became commonly known as the Ramsar Convention.
Zimbabwe is a signatory to this treaty hence it is mandated to protect and treat wetlands as special habitats for several forms of plants, birds and animals. Moreover, Zimbabwe together with other 168 contracting parties have committed themselves to; work towards the wise use of all their wetlands, designate suitable wetlands for the list of Wetlands of International Importance (the “Ramsar List”) and ensure their effective management and cooperate internationally on trans boundary wetlands, shared wetland systems and shared species.
Drieffontein Wetland is one of the designated Ramsar sites and the venue of the 2018 national World Wetlands Day Commemoration.
Designated Ramsar Sites in Zimbabwe
In accordance to the Ramsar Convention, A total of seven (7) sites have been designated as ‘Ramsar protected wetlands’ covering 28 582.40ha and these are as follows;
- Victoria Falls
- Cleveland Dam
- Lake Chivero
- Middle Zambezi/Mana Pools
- Chinhoyi caves
- Monavale Vlei and
- Driefontein Grasslands