Annually, on the 2nd of February, the global community commemorates World Wetlands Day, an occasion designed to enhance awareness of the indispensable role of wetlands.
Wetlands, serves as habitats for over 100,000 species,and additionally plays a pivotal role in supplying freshwater, making a substantial contribution to agriculture towards food production for survival.
In Nandi, challenges such as land conversion, non sustainable agricultural activities and unplanned development pose threats to wetlands. In response to these challenges, Nandi County observed World Wetlands Day at Mutwot Swamp in Chesumei constituency. County officials, led by Deputy Governor Dr. Yullita Mitei, engaged residents in tree planting activities.
This year’s theme, “Wetlands and Human Wellbeing,” underscores the profound interdependence between humans and wetlands, emphasizing their significant impact on human health
During the event, the deputy governor urged Nandi residents to collaborate with the government in restoring wetlands to their original form and size, mitigating the adverse effects of degradation.
Dr. Philemon Buretti, CECM for Lands, Housing, Water, and Natural Resources,highlighted on upcoming programs aimed at conservation and emphasized the necessity for both collective and individual efforts to preserve the world’s wetlands from disappearing and to restore those that have been degraded.
Chief Officer Mr. Jonah Biwott, Principal Prof. Winston Akala from Koitalel Samoei University, Area MCA Julius Arusei, Kosirai MCA Sarah Mutwol, officials from NEMA and Forest Service, the Subcounty Commissioner, and chiefs were also present, highlighting the broad support for wetlands conservation efforts.