World Wetlands Day 2017 in West Africa

Category: Africa, Regions, World Wetlands Day

Last updated: June 3rd, 2019

Banner with much text and the logo of World Wetlands Day


Nature Communautés développement, potential partner in Senegal
Nature Communities NCD Development (potential partner BirdLife in Senegal), through its new Director of Programs, Aliou BAH participated in the celebration of the World Wetlands Day organized by the National Parks Department at the Ministry of Environment and Development Sustainable.
In the format of a scientific forum, the theme chosen for this year was “Wetlands for the preservation of disaster risks”. The innovation was to invite 40 students from the Institut Supérieur de Management who, following the exchanges in the room, will have to visit the natural area of the Iles de la Madeleine National Park.

The Ornithological Reserve of Kalissaye in Casamance, Senegal

To celebrate the World Wetlands Day and in keeping with its environmental education program, the Ornithological Reserve of Kalissaye, accompanied by a dozen children from the schools of the reserve (Kafountine and Saloulou) carried out a cleaning of the shore At the mouth of the bolong of Saloulou. A large number of lost nets and plastics could thus be harvested near the nesting islets of terns.


The day was mainly larked by speeches on the importance of wetlands, especially the 4 RAMSAR sites so far confirmed in Guinea Bissau, at national and international level. The speeches were delivered by Director of Research in GPC and Representative of ODZH (Joaozinho SA), The representative of IUCN, Ministry OF Environment, the Representative of European Union, etc. They have also touched on the current situation of wetlands in Guinea Bissau, challenges and some conservation measures by various stakeholders. There was also a presentation of a school children’s poem and sketches with the message on the importance of wetlands as source of water, fishes, sequestration of carbon, etc.


Nature Mauritanie and Parc National du Diawling
Nature Mauritania in partnership with the Diawling National Park celebrated this event through:

  • Banners and posters on the crucial importance of wetlands;
  • A sketch demonstrating the role of the Diawling National Park in the conservation of biodiversity and the improvement of the living environment of the local populations;
  • Several Power Point presentations highlighting the role of wetlands in climate change.

The celebration of the day was honoured by the presence of several personalities such as the Secretary-General of the Environment, the Deputy of Ndiago commune, the Deputy Mayor of the same commune, the Governor and the Prefect of Keur macene and some technical and financial partners.

Some adults and children gatheres indoors in a semi-formal setting