Celebration of World Wetlands Day 2011 in Serang-Banten, Indonesia
This report describes the World Wetlands Day activities in Desa Sawah Luhur, Kec. Kasemen, Serang-Banten, Indonesia on 2nd of February 2011. World Wetlands Day 2011 comes exactly 40 years since the Convention on Wetlands was signed in 1971 in the city of Ramsar, Iran. This makes its celebration in every Ramsar member country a very special one. Indonesia, with its continued commitment to the protection and conservation of wetlands for the benefit of present and future generations, is no exception.
This year’s celebration was held on 19 February 2011 in the area of Pulau Dua Nature Reserve, better known to the local community as ‘Pulau Burung’ (Bird Island), and the aquaculture ponds (tambak) area in Desa Sawah Luhur village in the Kasemen sub-district of Serang city, Banten province.
Celebrations involved no fewer than 130 participants representing aquaculture farmer community groups (Kelompok Masyarakat Petani Tambak), students from Badamussalam senior highschool (SMA) in Serang, MAPALA Tirta Yasa Banten, Sahabat Burung Indonesia, Seksi Konservasi Wilayah I Serang (Serang regional conservation section), Bidang KSDA (Natural Resources Conservation), Ditjen. PHKA (Directorate General for Forest Protection and Nature Conservation), Loka PSPL Serang Ditjen. Kelautan, Pesisir dan Pulau-pulau Kecil (Directorate General for Seas, Coasts and Small Islands), and WIIP.
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