World Wetlands Day Celebrated in Vientiane

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.

World Wetlands Day celebrated in Vientiane Photo: IUCN Lao P.D.R

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 Gland, Switzerland. The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty signed by nations to protect wetlands around the world.

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.

For more information on wetlands and World Wetlands Day please visit the Ramsar Convention website at    


Notes to editors

For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:

Mr. Fongsamuth Phengphaengsy (Water and Wetlands Coordinator), IUCN Lao PDR
Tel: +856-21-216401 ext. 107, e-mail,  

About IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. IUCN is a democratic union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and some 10,000 volunteer scientists in more than 150 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by 1,100 professional staff in 62 countries and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges by supporting scientific research; managing field projects all over the world; and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN, international conventions and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.


About the Ramsar Convention

The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. There are presently 158 Contracting Parties to the Convention, with 1828 wetland sites, totaling 169 million hectares, designated for inclusion in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. Ramsar’s mission is “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local, regional and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world”


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