Egypt joins the world in celebrating World Wetlands Day, which falls on February 2 of each year. This year’s slogan bears the slogan “Revive and restore degraded wetlands”, in reference to the importance of wetlands to the survival of life on the planet and addressing the effects of climate change.
Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, confirmed that the celebration of World Wetlands Day this year is associated with an appeal to invest in water, human and political resources, to save the remaining wetlands around the world from disappearance and to restore those that caused their degradation in order to address the effects of climate change, which unites The world to confront it during the COP 27 climate conference, which Egypt successfully hosted, dazzled the world, both at the level of organization or at the level of the results that were reached, and what it presented to the world in terms of operational models in all sectors and working to link them to humanitarian needs.
Dr. Yasmine Fouad added that the environmental importance of wetlands is due to the fact that they are transitional areas between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, which perform many functions to serve humanity, such as water purification and its high productivity for food such as fish and some marine species, in addition to considering wetland ecosystems one of the most important sinks. They are natural reservoirs of carbon dioxide, and thus have a major role in mitigating the effects of climate change, as they absorb carbon dioxide, and then help slow global warming and reduce pollution.
The Minister of the Environment stated that the celebration will take place this year through social media platforms, as well as a number of activities in the reserves, with the aim of introducing the Egyptian reserves declared as global wetland sites, or those that include other areas or wetlands to introduce their importance and value to the environment and people.
The Minister of Environment indicated that Egypt has 4 sites declared as global Ramsar wetlands, namely: Bardawil, Burullus, Qarun and Al-Rayyan lakes, in addition to containing many important wetlands, for example: the Nile River and Lake Nasser. , coastal areas, sabkhas and salt lakes, and northern lakes, parts of which have been declared as natural reserves such as Ashtum Al-Jamil reserves.
It is noteworthy that the World Wetlands Day, which is celebrated on February 2 of each year, as this date coincides with the adoption of the International Convention for the Conservation of Wetlands, and that was on February 2, 1971 with the aim of protecting wetlands, their resources and the services they provide to humanity at the global level.