World Wetlands Day was February 2
World Wetlands Day 2013 was a success!
UNEP Caribbean Environment Programme(CEP) participated in a national educational and awareness event in Jamaica, hosted by the Natural History Museum of Jamaica (Institute of Jamaica) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). The event was conducted at the Mason River Bird Sanctuary and Ramsar Site, in Clarendon, a parish situated on the north-western coast of Jamaica. Mason River is the island’s only inland peat bog and scrub savannah and it is home to over 430 plant species, 11% of which are endemic to Jamaica. It was recently designated by the Ramsar Convention as a Wetland of International Importance.
The UNEP representatives highlighted
the work of the Caribbean Environment Programme; especially as it related to
biodiversity and raised awareness of wetlands and the value of inhabiting
plants and animals. Brochures and other information were displayed and a Global Environment Facility-funded Caribbean Regional Fund
for Wastewater Management (GEF CReW) poster about “Constructed Wetlands” as
alternative wastewater treatment options was highlighted.
The UNEP CEP booth was a hit! :
a)With schoolchildren: Many school children were interested in colouring images of wetland animals and learning more about local wetland animals and the roles they play within local ecosystems.
b) With adults: Many community members expressed interest in the poster on Constructed Wetlands. One member especially expressed a desire to have Construct Wetlands built locally since many households within the community do not have proper wastewater disposal facilities or piped water supply. Constructed Wetlands may offer a practical alternative in many places where central sewerage does not exist.