World Wetlands Day 2019 celebrated at Khayelitsha Wetlands Park

by CapeNature

Friday, 01 February 2019, dawned bright and clear, and proved the perfect day for the world wetlands educational event held at the Khayelitsha Wetlands Park.

Khayelitsha Wetlands Park

Excited learners from Impundelo Primary School were welcomed by Miss Earth South Africa Ambassador, Margo Tamzone Adonis who spoke about the importance of appreciating and conserving our natural heritage.

Miss Earth South Africa Ambassador, Margo Tamzone Adonis, enthralling learners

Learners split up into groups to investigate and explore the different educational stations around the Wetlands Park where volunteers and partners were on hand to entertain and teach.

Learners are taken into the wetlands under the watchful eye of the Khayelitsha Canoe Club

Evaluating Water Quality

Learning how all living organisms in an ecosystem are connected

Explaining the threats to Wetlands today

Wetland planting

We managed to catch up with Miss Earth South Africa Ambassador, Margo Tamzone Adonis, who graciously shared some of her thoughts with us.

Miss Earth South Africa Ambassador, Margo Tamzone Adonis with CapeNature’s Tarcia Hendricks

“We celebrate World Wetlands Day on the second of February and the purpose of events like this is to create an awareness and appreciation in learners of the importance of wetlands. We need to educate the future generations and future green minds so that they will conserve our natural heritage… A big thank you to CapeNature for the work that you do. You go the extra mile to support environmental advocates like ourselves. We’ve partnered with CapeNature many times and your effort and dedication is inspiring.”

Thank you Miss Earth South Africa! You’re an inspiration to us also.

The event in Khayelitsha was hosted by the Western Cape Wetland Forum (WCWF) in partnership with the Khayelitsha Canoe Club and CTEET. CapeNature is privileged to be associated with WCWF which is a Not for Profit Organisation that promotes the sharing of wetland knowledge, expertise and awareness. This is primarily achieved through exposure to interesting research and initiatives communicated by invited speakers at quarterly meetings held in and around Cape Town. The WCWF brings together wetland and environmental professionals, legislators, government officials, NGOs and students, together with interested members of the general public.

Western Cape Wetlands Forum chairperson, Heidi Nieuwoudt, had the following to say, “Wetlands are not very well understood in general and therefore the education of especially younger learners is important in this regard.  Wetlands play such a big role in mitigating floods, and storing carbon, which is a very important link to this year’s theme which is “Wetlands and Climate Change. We’ve lost many wetlands in our country, around 50% and it’s a continuing trend related to development, encroachment of residential activities, erosion and others so we must protect our wetlands and be more aware of their importance.” 

 

Published in Care for Nature

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