Youth for Wetlands
Dubai Municipality’s Environment Department inspired and motivated around 1000 students in the month of February as a part of World Wetlands Day 2018 celebrations by engaging 15 different schools and universities in interactive lectures and guided visits to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.
The theme for 2018, “Wetlands for a sustainable urban future” which highlights the role of urban wetlands for a sustainable future complements the year as UAE will host the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 13) which will be offically sponsored by Dubai Municipality.
The Natural Resources Conservation Section (NRCS) of the Environment Department conducted an intensive awareness programme between 2nd February to 28th February educating the youth about the role of urban wetlands in making cities livebale which was aimed at all levels of the primary and secondary schools as well as several universities. The participating educational institutes include: Zayed University, Al Ghurair University, Dubai Gem Private School, Amity School Dubai, Our Own High School – Al Warqaa, Al Alfeya School, Primus Private School, Al Salam School, Kindergarten Starters School, Australian International School, Al Waha School, Al Ameen Private School, The Central School – Dubai, North American International School and American International School. The whole month of February was spent in raising the knowledge of students through lectures and field visits.
Urban Wetlands like Ras Al Khor Wildife Sanctuary are critical part of UAE’s natural environment serving many purposes among which includes: clean water provision, regulation of climate, protection from storms, source income and many more. Involving youth in protection of wetlands is a promising key to keep wetlands intact.
On the 2nd of February 1971, the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. From then on, the date commemorates and celebrates World Wetlands Day.