World Wetlands Day Celebrated in Vientiane
15 February 2010 | Event
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 28 January 2010. Lao PDR government representatives, teachers and students, journalists and civil society participants came together at Bung Nong Tha wetlands site, Nong Tha Tai village, Vientiane Capital, to celebrate World Wetlands Day.
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Ministry of Information and Culture and partners convened varied activities for the partcipants at Bung Nong Tha to promote the value of wetlands, highlighting in particular. the importance of wetland biodiversity.
IUCN Lao PDR’s main objective for World Wetlands Day this year is to work with the media in order to disseminate this message to the wider community.
At Bung Nong Tha, the media interviewed local community representatives and learnt about the value of wetlands and wetland resources in Lao PDR and internationally through speeches and presentations from the distinguished guests.
Local students also joined in activities and games related to the environmental conservation and wetlands.
The mission was led by Mr. Bandith Vatthananon (The Representative of Advertising Department, Ministry of Information and Culture) togther with other distinguished guests and participants from departments such as: the Water Resources Department of the Water Resources and Environment Administration; the Living Aquatic Resource Research Center (LARReC); the Department of Forest Resources Conservation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; local authorithies; and the local community and students.World Wetlands Day is a global event organised by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Secretariat in
The theme for World Wetlands Day 2010 is “Caring for Wetlands— an answer to Climate Change”. This theme encompasses biodiversity loss and climate change, exploring their relationships and what it means for wetlands and people. IUCN Lao PDR looks at the human role in driving the loss of biodiversity and climate change, and what we can do to promote the environmental protection in the community at all levels.
Notes to editors
Mr. Fongsamuth Phengphaengsy (Water and Wetlands Coordinator), IUCN Lao PDR
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About the Ramsar Convention
The Convention on Wetlands, signed in