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World Wildlife Day

March 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

World Wildlife Day is celebrated each year on March 3rd with a different theme. This year focuses on aquatic species for the first time ever, with the theme “Life Below Water: For People and Planet”.

This year, WA BiCC, US State Department, Ghana Wildlife Division, Kali Etch, Ghana Wildlife Society, and A Rocha Ghana have put together multiple events to commemorate Wildlife Day on the weekend of March 3rd in Accra, Ghana. Events include a beach cleanup exercise, debate session, photo exhibition, and cycle tour.

Beach cleanup exercise: Ocean pollution is a major threat to life below water. Each year, an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters the world’s oceans from coastal regions. To make a statement on ocean pollution and the need to keep our beaches clean, over 400 students from 12 primary and junior high schools will gather at the Mensah Guinea (Borla) beach in Accra to clean the stretch of beach with support from the Accra Municipal Assembly. This activity will take place on Saturday, March 2nd from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM.

Debate session: Local Ghanaian fishermen have for decades complained about the activities of foreign vessels in Ghanaian seas and how they are depleting fish stocks in the deep waters. In the same vein, some local community members are known for indulging in illegal activities which further deplete fish stocks.

In 2018, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Development introduced a one-month long ban on fishing in August every year, to help fish reach their maximum spawning potential.

Will this ban have any significant impact on mitigating threats to aquatic life? This is the question senior high school students will be debating on, after the beach cleanup exercise on March 2nd from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Ghana Wildlife Society Hall, Accra.

Photo Exhibition: At the debate grounds, photo stands will be mounted to educate attendees on the realities faced by aquatic ecosystems and species in Ghana and beyond.

Cycle tour: On World Wildlife Day (Sunday, 3rd March), over 20 people will cycle from Osu to Jamestown and make stops over the 4.5 km route to sensitize communities and churches on the plight of aquatic wildlife and ecosystems, and ways in which they can play a part to conserve these vulnerable, threatened, and endangered species.

Details

Date:
March 3
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Website:
http://wildlifeday.org