Cambodia to Mark World Wetlands Day in Banteay Meanchey Province

Cambodia will observe the World Wetlands Day in Poychar commune, Phnom Srok district, Banteay Meanchey province on Feb. 6, said the Ministry of Environment in a recent announcement.

Organised by the Ministry of Environment in cooperation with Banteay Meanchey provincial administration, the forthcoming celebration will be held at Sok An Poychar High School under the theme Wetlands and Biodiversity, it pointed out.

The commemoration of the World Wetlands Day is aimed to raise public awareness on the importance of wetland ecosystems, promote wise use and management of wetlands as well as to show off the richness of biodiversity in wetland areas, underlined the same source.

According to an online source, Feb. 2 each year is World Wetlands Day to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on Feb. 2, 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Cambodia has now five Ramsar Sites - Boeung Chhmar and Associated River System and Floodplain, Koh Kapik and Associated Islets, Middle Stretches of Mekong River North of Stung Treng, Prek Toal Ramsar Site, and Stung Sen Ramsar Site.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press