World Wetlands Week 2010
Between 31st January and 5th February 2010, Seychelles hosted World Wetlands Week under the theme “Wetlands connects life & culture”. This important event, under the umbrella of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, commenced with an opening ceremony attended by international and local dignitaries at the ICCS, Victoria on 1st February. A Memorandum of Cooperation between UNWTO and the Ramsar Secretariat was signed during the event. The signing of this MOC provides an opportunity to facilitate the development of project proposals, support awareness raising and promote information and expertise sharing, all of which aim at reinforcing the role of wetlands and their biodiversity ecosystems for sustainable tourism development. The Wetlands Week, which showcased a selection of Seychelles' wetlands features, promoted a diverse array of educational, cultural, ecological and social activities designed to raise international awareness of the conservation, protection and sustainable use of wetlands and the uniqueness and fragility of the world's wetland areas (beaches, rivers, marshes, lagoons, swamps, etc). In particular, the activities were chosen to demonstrate the connection between Seychelles' wetlands and the culture and way of life on the islands.