Friday, February 28, 2014

Official Launch of the Bwabwata-Kavango RAMSAR Site: 14 February 2014

Honourable Uaherukua Herunga, Minister of MET at the launch of the new Ramsar Site accompanied by Mr. Barry Primm (USAID: SAREP), Hon. Dr. Mbambo, Governor Kavango East Region and Mr. Abraham Nehemia (MAWF: OKACOM)
Namibia is a signatory to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands since 1995. The Ramsar Convention promotes the conservation and wise use of wetlands and associated resources. As part of its commitment to promote wise use of wetlands and associated resources, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism designated the section of the Kavango River  in the Bwabwata National Park (including the floodplains and associated woodlands of the Mahango and Buffalo Core Areas) as a wetland of international importance in December 2013. The designation of this new Ramsar Site coincided with the celebration of World Wetlands Day.
Members of the audience, well represented by all stakeholders, the public and the media.
The gathering was well attended by officials from different ministries, community members from Kamutjonga village, general public, the media and stakeholders (SAREP, OKACOM, Lodge owners). Honourable Dr. Mbambo, Governor of Kavango East and West Regions delivered the welcoming remarks, followed by remarks from the SAREP representative, Mr. Barry Primm, Chief of Mission, USAID.  Mr. Abraham Nehemia, Under Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry (MAWF)  also shared his remarks as the OKACOM Commissioner for Namibia. This was followed with the Key Note address by Honourable Uaherukua Herunga, Minister for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET). Honourable Uaherukua Herunga then initiated the launch of the new Ramsar Site with the unveiling of the memorial accompanied by the OKACOM, MAWF and USAID representatives

A group from Kavango East Region contributing to the entertainment with a cultural dance
Guest were entertained with a delightful meal after the proceedings.

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