On 2nd February each year we celebrate World Wetlands Day to raise awareness for the importance of wetlands. Sierra Leone is home of different kinds of wetlands as we have coastal wetlands with mangroves as well as swamps inland.
Did you know that in Sierra Leone we have only one official recognised Ramsar Site? Ramsar Sites are important wetlands for biodiversity and climate change mitigation. Our Ramsar Site is the Aberdeen Creek. The Creek is a very important ecosystem. But unfortunately, it is not well kept. Parts of the creeks look like a dumpsite, Mangroves in the creek have been cut down and people already marked the areas to built their houses.
We should be proud of our wonderful nature and conserve it – not destroy it. We ask all responsible persons for real commitment to protect Sierra Leones nature for the well-being of us all.