North Caicos, TCI, February 3, 2017 – Yesterday was World Wetlands Day and the occasion was marked in the TCI with a caravan led by the Turks and Caicos National Trust. The Trust said the caravan was aimed at raising awareness on the importance of wetlands which are integral to Turks & Caicos ecology.
The caravan journeyed to North and Middle Caicos where primary schoolers were on a field visit of the different wetlands including Major Hill Creek and Flamingo Pond. The caravan was a bus tour; students were hopping on and off and the Trust said they would even add some bird watching to the adventure.
There are many reasons cited for the importance of wetlands, and recently, DECR Director Dr. John Claydon explained that even in a tsunami these habitats play a role. The Trust reiterated that message to students and Jonathan Sayao, Education Programme Manager of the National Trust shared that this year’s celebration theme is“Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction” .
Sayao added, “We’re trying to get the young people to understand that the wetlands are of national significance, They’re living in an area that is so blessed with natural resources and these should be preserved for them – the future generation.”