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1. Kenya Goes Regional For World Wetlands Day 2014
This year’s (2014) World Wetlands Day (WWD) event marked on 2nd February took a regional approach in Kenya with focus on the transboundary Sio- Siteko wetlands in Busia County. So why Sio- Siteko one may ask; the agricultural activities and initiatives made to ensure wise use of these wetlands and their resources gives a realistic picture of the WWD theme; “Wetlands and Agriculture: partners for growth”. This theme emphasises on the need for water, agriculture and wetland sectors to work together so as to achieve the best results in the management of wetlands.
2. The Jury has Spoken; Hope for Tana Delta and its People
After a long battle since 2010, the prayers of representatives of fishermen, pastoralists, farmers and conservation groups in Tana Delta have finally been answered; the High Court ruled in their favor on a land case. On 4th February 2013, the high court ruled that land use development plans for the delta be evaluated and developed in full participation of local communities.
3. Umani Springs - Will they survive?
The previous Swara issue (April- June) 2012, takes you through the dynamics of Umani springs and Kibwezi Forest in Kenya. In a nut shell, the survival of the springs and the ecosystem as a whole is uncertain due to the dreams we have for our people and our country. Good dreams hopefully with good intentions to ensure that our people have access to water. Water is life you know!
4. Tourism Seen as a Tool to Conserve Threatened Wetlands
Kenya’s fragile wetlands could find help from an initiative to steer more tourists towards their natural wealth under plans timed to coincide with World Wetlands Day on February 2.
Kenya has several wetlands which have contributed immensely to the tourism sector due to their unique biodiversity, which makes a key part of any Kenyan tourism experience.
5. World Wetlands Day – a school celebrates and hopes
A school in Western Kenya hosted celebrations marking World Wetlands Day (WWD) on February 4, hoping that the government will seize the opportunity to conserve the nation’s wetlands and use them to develop tourism.

It was a hope shared by many across Kenya as WWD was marked by speeches, bands and speakers at
Ombaka Primary School in Kisumu County. The event began with youths leading a procession marching to the melodies of a band with banners reflecting this year’s theme for WWD-“Wetlands and Tourism”.

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