World Wetlands Day celebrated

A two-day competition taught learners about the importance of wetlands.

11 February 2019 | Environment

Leandrea Louw - Walvis Bay Private High School was crowned the winner of the World Wetlands annual quiz competition at the coast.

This year’s theme was “Wetlands as a Natural Solution to Climate Change”. EYE-Namibia, in collaboration with Namport, Moonlight resort, the American corner, Walvis Bay municipality and Guans Packaging, hosted the competition.

Teams competed for the Keith Wearne Floating Trophy. Wearne was the chairperson of the Coastal Environmental Trust of Namibia (CETN) until his death in 2008. He was an environmental activist. Last year was the tenth anniversary of his death and the organisers of the competition decided to name the rotating trophy after him. He was the brainchild of the wetlands day competition in Walvis Bay.

Eleven schools participated in the quiz namely !Nara Primary School, Flamingo Primary School, Immanuel Ruiters Primary School, Tutaleni Primary School, Pro-Ed Academy, Walvis Bay Private High School, Walvis Bay Primary School, Alexander Private School, Riverside Private School, Kuisebmond Primary School and International School of Walvis Bay.

Learners had the opportunity to visit Namport and the Walvis Bay Salt Works as part of the competition this year. They also participated in a robotics competition, in which Riverside Private School (Cian Lindsay-Payne and Asser Isalla) received third place. Second place was awarded to Kuisebmond Primary School (Leckinat Mulundileni and Presliene Dausas) and the International School of Walvis Bay (Cesar Fernandes and Nelao Hangula) received first place.

During the wetlands quiz competition the learners were shown pictures and had to identify the different species of birds, and answer multiple questions on their trips to the salt works and Namport. During the third round learners received questions with descriptions and had to identify the different species of birds.

In the final round of the competition the team which responded the fastest,,by pressing a buzzer, and answered correctly received points.

The Walvis Bay Private High School team, Philip du Plessis and Anke Rudolph, walked away as the winners. Second place was awarded to !Nara Primary School (Alina Elifas and Leon Liyebelo) and third place was awarded to Walvis Bay Primary School (Stacey Damster and Danelle Welgemoed).

Worlds Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2 February worldwide and marks the adoption of the Ramsar Convention in Iran in 1971. The Walvis Bay Lagoon is one of five Ramsar sites in Namibia. According to the Global Wetland Outlook, wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests.

“Losses have been driven by megatrends such as climate change, population increase, urbanisation, particularly of coastal zones and river deltas, and changing consumption patterns that have all fueled changes to land and water use and to agriculture. Wetlands are currently estimated to cover more than 12,1 million km², an area greater than Greenland. Between 13 to 8 per cent of them (2 300 sites) are on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance, which are protected sites.”

Similar News


First MRF plant for Erongo

3 weeks ago - 17 November 2019 | Environment

Swakopmund • [email protected] The first material recovery facility (MRF) in the Erongo region was launched at Rent-a-Drum in Swakopmund on Friday. The N$2 million...

NaDEET gets new centre

1 month - 30 October 2019 | Environment

Swakopmund · Adolf Kaure The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) urban sustainability centre was recently launched in Swakopmund.Registered in Namibia as a non-profit...

Getting the town clean

2 months ago - 21 September 2019 | Environment

Swakopmund · Adolf Kaure Residents of all ages took take part in the national clean-up campaign today in various areas of Swakopmund.Participants were divided...

Fewer birds counted

4 months ago - 28 July 2019 | Environment

Iréne-Mari van der Walt Another edition of the Walvis Bay winter bird count was conducted recently with 40 volunteers braving the elements to partake...

Working towards a cleaner Namibia

4 months ago - 28 July 2019 | Environment

Walvis Bay • Leandrea Louw The National Solid Waste Management Advisory Panel held a meeting in Walvis Bay to discuss the proposed establishment...

Noem-Noem groet

5 months ago - 07 July 2019 | Environment

Irene-Mari van der Walt ’n Groep inwoners van Omaruru het hulle misnoë uitgespreek oor die afkap van hulle geliefde “Noem-Noem”. Een van die...

Heffings op plastieksakke help

5 months ago - 30 June 2019 | Environment

Hentiesbaai • Otis Finck Spar Hentiesbaai het onlangs N$15 000 aan vyf gemeen-skapsprojekte op die kusdorp geskenk. Die Spar Woestynskoonmaak-inisiatief het N$5 000...

Cleanest town battle heats up

6 months ago - 02 June 2019 | Environment

Walvis Bay - Leandrea Louw The harbour town Walvis Bay is one of four finalists in the Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) Cleanest Town of the...

Twalaloka residents not impressed with mobile toilets

8 months ago - 01 April 2019 | Environment

Kuisebmond - Leandrea Louw - The approximately 2 000 residents of the Twalaloka settlement in Kuisebmond are unhappy about the fact that they have to...

A cleaner town, a cleaner Namibia

8 months ago - 25 March 2019 | Environment

Ondangwa, Oranjemund, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are the four finalists out of 21 towns in the competition to become ‘Cleaner Towns of the Year’, launched...

Latest News

Stolen cattle retrieved

1 day - 12 December 2019 | Crime

Karibib Erongo community policing commander Ileni Shapumba confirmed that members of the Namibian police, reservists and the Karibib District Watch successfully retrieved 13...

Top performing karateka acknowledged

2 days ago - 12 December 2019 | Sports

Shotokan Karate Academy International (SKAI) Omaruru students received trophies and certificates for their outstanding performances during the year. Karateka from the dojo competed mostly...

Retrenched fishermen to get jobs...

2 days ago - 11 December 2019 | Fishing

Walvis Bay • [email protected] The ministry of fisheries and marine resources held an extraordinary fishing industry address in Walvis Bay today, where the acting...

Dignity of ancestors restored

2 days ago - 11 December 2019 | History

Swakopmund · [email protected] The Namibian Genocide Association (NGA) organised a clean-up and restoration action of graves belonging to Ovaherero and Nama prisoners that perished...

Amnestie vir skuld

3 days ago - 11 December 2019 | Local News

Walvisbaai Walvisbaaiers wat in die rooi is by die munisipaliteit gaan opnuut kans kry om op te dok. Vanaf April 2020 sal skuldenaars wat hul...

Water vir almal

3 days ago - 11 December 2019 | Local News

Walvisbaai Behoeftige huishoudings sukkel dikwels om hul maandelikse munisipale rekeninge te betaal sowel as om agterstallige rekeninge te vereffen. Die munisipaliteit van Walvisbaai het reeds...

Straatnaam in gedrang

3 days ago - 11 December 2019 | Local News

Swakopmund • [email protected] In die sosiale media maak Namibiërs beswaar teen die behoud van ‘n straatnaam in Swakopmund vernoem na mnr. Bernhard Esau, voormalige minister...

Dorp van die jaar jol

3 days ago - 11 December 2019 | Events

Swakopmund • [email protected] Die Swakopmund Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar Kia Makietie het Vrydagoggend afgeskop met die amptelike opening waargeneem deur me. Pauline Nashilundo,...

Cooperatively promoting fish consumption

3 days ago - 11 December 2019 | Fishing

The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Benguella Ski Boat Fishing Association (BSBFA) in Walvis Bay recently. ...

Load More