KZN Wetlands Day
Working on Fire was part of various fire safety awareness initiatives to jump start the pre-fire season activities in KwaZulu-Natal.
WoF partnered with Women in Environment, Wetland projects, Recycling projects, Youth in Environment, Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environment, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to celebrate Wetlands Day.
Community Fire Awareness officer, Makhosi Dladla, said: “The purpose of the day was to educate the different community groups about wetlands and their importance.”
“We shared the link between all the various stakeholders present and the roles they play, how keeping wetlands safe is beneficial to the community in creating jobs etc.”
The Wetlands Day was also a chance for WoF to address the dangers of fires and how community members can prepare themselves and how WoF can assist. “We encouraged information sharing, for the people present to go back home and inform their families and neighbours of what they have learned,” said Makhosi.
Women in Environment had a chance to share how they benefit from wetlands and why it’s very important to take care of wetlands.
They mentioned how Wetlands water is collected for domestic use, how plants are harvested and clay is collected for building material and craft production which creates jobs for women to make money for their families.
“Wetlands can be damaged and killed by veldfires, I emphasized having a fire management plan is vital and has to be implemented to prevent wildfires,” concluded Makhosi.