World Wetlands Day celebrated at Karot Hydropower Project Site

By Moaaz Awan | Gwadar Pro Feb 23, 2022

World Wetlands Day celebrated at CPEC’s Karot Hydropower Projects site keeping in view the importance of protecting our environment.

KAROT, Feb 23, (Gwadar Pro)-On Feburary 22nd, the Karot Power Company requested IUCN, the implementing organization of the Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) to organize a series of events to mark the “World Wetlands Day”.

Each year on the 2nd of February, the “World Wetlands Day” is celebrated throughout the world. The UN General Assembly on 30th August 2021, proclaimed 2 February to mark the importance of wetlands and to raise awareness of the urgency of reversing the accelerating loss of wetlands and to promote their conservation and restoration. The day marks the date of the adoption of the "Convention on Wetlands of International Importance" held in 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

A celebration with the students of Government Girls Elementary School, Chanore, in the vicinity of the Project area was held. A general introduction of Wetlands, its history, significance & theme was discussed with the students by the IUCN’s Social Mobilizer.

World Wetlands Day celebrated at Karot Hydropower Project Site

A parallel event was held at Government Boys Middle School Azad Pattan upstream of the Karot Hydropower Project. Two Social Mobilizers and four watchers represented IUCN Pakistan. Local presidents of Village Coordination Committees also attended the event. A total of 7 students from Class 6th and 7th took part in the drawing competition. An awareness session was later conducted in which Social Mobilizers briefed the participants about World Wetland Day, its importance, and threats toward wetlands. Participants from Education Department and VCCs also shared their views about wetland day and appreciated the efforts of the Company towards biodiversity conservation.

World Wetlands Day celebrated at Karot Hydropower Project Site

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