Wetlands important for Namibia's socio-economic development

28 Mar 2014 14:40pm

OUTAPI, 28 MAR (NAMPA) ? Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa says World Water and World Wetlands day celebrations present people with an opportunity to come together and appreciate the importance of precious water and wetlands resources. Mutorwa said this in a statement presented on his behalf by his ministry?s under-secretary Abraham Nehemia at a belated joint celebration of World Water Day and World Wetlands Day at Outapi in the Omusati Region on Thursday. World Wetlands Day is marked worldwide on 02 February, and World Water Day on 22 March. The theme of the 2014 World Wetlands Day is ?Wetlands and Agriculture?, while that of World Water Day is ?Water and Energy?. Mutorwa stated that celebrations of the said days are also about appreciating the importance of water and wetlands resources as a key input into the socio-economic development of Namibia. The agriculture minister noted that water is essential for life, food production, electricity generation and environmental sustainability. ?But water availability varies greatly across the world - abundant in some places, scarce in others,? Mutorwa stated. The minister noted that Namibia?s water resources are limited and extremely fragile due to the fact that the country is the driest in sub-Saharan Africa, with a hot and dry climate and erratic rainfall. He then suggested that Namibian people strengthen the campaign for sustainable water resources management because of increasing cross-sectoral demand for water in the country. Four local schools - Vision Private Primary School, Canisianum Roman Catholic High School, Davi Sheehama Senior Secondary School, and Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila Vocational and Resource School - participated in the celebration activities by doing research on water resources management and utilisation since Wednesday. The Vision Private Primary School was declared the champions for the best research, followed by Canisianum Roman Catholic High School and the David Sheehama SSS in second and third positions, respectively. (NAMPA) NN/ND/AS