The theme for this year’s celebrations was Wetlands and Biodiversity: Life Thrives in Wetlands. In her speech, Honourable Minister Phildah Kereng, highlighted that her ministry is continuously making sure that the Okavango Delta is preserved and conserved. This was stated in response to the harrowing fact that 64% of the world’s wetlands have disappeared, and we are faced with losing another 1% of those remaining soon. The impact of climate change on conservation efforts was also noted as a pressing challenge. Further challenges facing the government include the welfare and prosperity of communities within the Okavango Delta, whose livelihoods reflect the inverse of this year’s theme. Understanding that coexistence takes many forms, it is imperative that all who can contribute to improving the situations of people, wildlife and wetlands, get involved promptly.
For its part, the Ministry resolved to ensure that the annual celebrations continue to improve, along with amplifying the participation of communities that live in these wetlands. On a national level the government, through MENT, is presently working on policies, laws and strategies to try and preserve and conserve the environment. As an organization which works closely with communities across the country, CCB is bolstered in our efforts by the commitment from government agencies to promote coexistence and prosperity at all levels of our valuable ecosystems.