Celebrating World Wetlands Day 2017

27 January 2017

Wetlands are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems. They provide essential services and supply all our fresh water. However they continue to be degraded and converted to other uses. 64% of the world’s wetlands have disappeared since 1900.

The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance was signed on 2 February 1971 in the city of Ramsar, Iran, to provide the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

To celebrate World Wetlands Day 217, BirdLife Cyprus, the Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre, RSPB (BirdLife in UK) and the C3A birdwatching group are organising a series of events on Thursday, 2 February, at Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre. The event includes a number of activities starting from 8:30 am until 19:30.

The activities include an education program on Akrotiri wetlands (8.30 am), a presentation on bird monitoring (14:00 – 15:00), the making of a model of Akrotiri Peninsula (14:00 – 18:00) and presentations on wetlands (18.00 – 19.30) touching different aspects of wetlands and their management.

One of the evening presentations will be focusing on the recent efforts of restoring Akrotiri Marsh funded by the Darwin Initiative.

The public can participate by contacting 25826562. For the detailed program please click here.

Akrotiri Marsh

Akrotiri marsh (also known as Fassouri marsh/reedbed) is part of the unique Akrotiri wetland complex at the Akrotiri Peninsula in Limassol district. The site lies within the Cyprus Sovereign Base Area and is also a state land.

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