February 2nd, 2024:- Earlier today (Friday 2nd February, 2024), the Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein officially opened the Boardwalk at the iconic Caroni Swamp, aligning with the global celebration of World Wetlands Day. The event aimed to illuminate the indispensable role wetlands play in upholding ecological equilibrium.
Permanent Secretary Farook Hosein, delivering remarks, expressed the profound significance of the newly installed Boardwalk within the Caroni Swamp, a sanctuary for diverse species, including the esteemed Scarlet Ibis.
He highlighted “The Caroni Swamp stands as an emblem of our nation’s rich biodiversity, and the new boardwalk is a testament to our dedication to conservation and sustainable tourism. Offering a unique vantage point, especially for those unable to explore by boat, this accessible pathway ensures that everyone can witness the stunning spectacle of the Scarlet Ibis in flight. It deepens our connection to nature and underscores the importance of wetlands to human wellbeing,” remarked Permanent Secretary Hosein.
Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein, utilized the occasion to underscore the global significance of World Wetlands Day. Engaging with the audience, he particularly focused on enlightening the future custodians of the nation – the children – about the pivotal role wetlands play in our environment.
In an interactive session, Minister Hosein conveyed the crucial role of wetlands as ecosystems providing essential resources and protection from natural elements. The theme ‘Wetlands and Human Wellbeing’ was emphasized, highlighting the profound connection between healthy wetland ecosystems and the prosperity of communities.
In a heartfelt plea, Minister Hosein urged the young audience to become teachers for the day, encouraging them to share information about wetlands with friends and family. He emphasized the collective responsibility in preserving these critical ecosystems.
The event also featured the distribution of prizes to winners of the Wetlands’ Colouring Competition, showcasing the artistic talents of participants. Minister Hosein acknowledged the commendable efforts of the Forestry Division and the Ministry’s staff in organizing the successful competition.
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