Activities to commemorate the 20th edition of World Wetlands Day took place in Yaounde on February 2, 2017.
Officials of the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development alongside the population of Yaounde IV Council area converged on the esplanade of the Ekounou Council to commemorate the 20th edition of World Wetlands Day on the theme “Wetlands for disaster risk reduction.”
According to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development, Patrick Akwa Kum Bong who chaired commemorative activities, not only is the preservation of wetlands important but also the sensitisation of all stakeholders on the rich biodiversity that constitute that ecosystem. He said Wetlands play a preponderant role in attenuating impacts of disasters such as floods. This year’s event was an opportunity to raise public awareness on the importance of conserving and preserving wetlands for benefits it offers humanity. Wetlands are among the most productive environments in the world, experts say, with a cradle of biodiversity necessary for human livelihood. Wetlands are areas where water is the primary factor controlling the environment and associated plants and animal life.
MINEPDED officials are committed to ensuring sensitisation to local authorities in Mfoundi, reason why Yaounde IV council was chosen to host the event to the satisfaction of the Mayor.
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