Water is a unique resource for human development since it is essential to life, has no substitutes, is a renewable resource, and it is unevenly distributed in time and space (Postel, 2003). It is predicted that the world population will grow to 8.3 billion in 2030 and 9.1 billion in 2050 with the increased freshwater demand of about 64 billion cubic metres a year. About 47% of world population will be living in areas of high water stress during the year 2030.
“Water and its availability and quality will be the main pressures on, and issues for, societies and the environment under climate change” (IPCC, 2007). Many countries like Nepal is already experiencing the impacts of climate change with the hardest hit on water resources that has affected not only the population living upstream but also the population living downstream including higher frequencies or intensities of floods and droughts. Even the major cities in Nepal are being haunted by water stress.
Water fundamentally connects. From source to sea and through the never ending water cycle, water connects all corners of planet Earth. The Ramsar Convention recognizes that wetlands occupy a key position in this interconnectivity and that the wise use of wetlands is essential for the delivery of sustainable water management.
The theme for World Wetlands Day 2013 is Wetlands and Water Management. Ramsar has always had the nexus of water, people and wetlands at its core. Wetlands constitute a resource of great socio-economic, cultural and scientific value, and their loss would be irreparable. Wetlands deliver essential ecosystem services, or the benefits people obtain from nature, including acting as regulators and providers of water. Thus water management and the “wise use of wetlands” are inextricably linked. The key objective of World Wetlands Day 2013 is to raise people’s awareness of the interdependence between water and wetlands, to highlight ways to ensure the equitable sharing of water between different stakeholder groups and to understand that without wetlands there will be no water.
In this context Nepal Tunza Youth Environment Network (NTYEN) is organizing the “YOUTH MEETS: Launching of Nepal Tunza Youth Environment Network (NTYEN) with celebration of World Wetland Day 2013” with the support of The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) to commemorate the World Wetland Day 2013 on Saturday 2 February 2013.
Venue: SEN’s Hall, Buddhanagar, Kathmandu
Time: 2:30pm to 5:00pm
There will be major two sessions under this event as described below:
- Wetland day Special Session: Followed by the introduction session, there will be two presentations on Wetland and a Question & Answer session.
- NTYEN Special Session
- A brief background of UNEP and its youth network will be presented.
- There will be a Skype session with the youngest youth coordinator of UNEP’s Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY).
- Announcement of NTYEN launching.
- Rio+20 outcome document sharing and comment and inputs to position paper for UNEP Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-14) and Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) which will take place from February 16-22 in Nairobi
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