World Wetlands Day 2018 a Success-UDC
The Urban Development Corporation’s (UDC) hosted the national celebration for this year’s World Wetlands Day 2018, on Friday February 2, 2018.
The national event hosted in partnership with The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), was held under the theme “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future” and attracted teachers, community members and over 100 students from schools such as Braeton Primary, Naggo Head Primary, Jones Town Primary, McCauley Primary and Bustamante High School.
The students during the event participated in a host of wetland themed exercises intended to increase their knowledge of the benefits of wetlands and other marine life.
The activities which got on the way at approximately 10:00 am included a physical tour of a section of the Hellshire Wetlands, exhibits and displays from agencies such as the UDC, NEPA, Forestry Department, Natural History Museum of Jamaica and the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (CCAM), as well as Wetland and Environmental Talks and games.
According to Dr Damian Graham, General Manager of the UDC, “the Corporation was indeed honoured to partake in an event of this nature; not only was it aligned with our mandate which ensures the conservation of Jamaica’s natural resources, inclusive of wetlands, but it also afforded a unique opportunity to cultivate the right attitude towards our wetlands and natural resources in the minds of the future generation.”